We have lots of interesting tasks on our nature reserves!

People often ask if they can come and help – and of course, the answer is “Yes”!

Volunteering with Make it Wild is a great way to get some fresh air, do something useful, meet like minded people and give a bit back to nature. You will get to spend time at one of our nature reserves, perhaps in beautiful Nidderdale, at Bank Woods, which is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation; by the banks of the Nidd near Kirk Hammerton or in Wensleydale.

Tasks include conservation work like controlling gorse, spreading tree and wildflower seed, controlling invasive plants, digging ponds, and maintenance of our young trees. You may also help with surveys to record species and habitats. During the winter months we need help with tree planting.

We will give you any training necessary, and provide all materials and equipment.

We also have a rota of volunteers to check on the Belted Galloway cattle and Exmoor ponies who form our conservation grazing team at Bank Woods, Summerbridge.

You will need to be reasonably fit, although we can usually adapt the tasks to suit everyone.

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Here’s what Andy said after repairing a dry stone wall on a volunteering session with us:

“The experience gave me the confidence to have a go, so when one of my walls took a tumble I fixed it! It goes to show that volunteering is great because you give time but in turn gain knowledge.”

You can read more about what our volunteers say, here.

Please email lesley@makeitwild.co.uk for up to date information about dates, locations and tasks, and if you would like to volunteer with us.

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Thank you!

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home

Gary Snyder