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 in beautiful Nidderdale, at our Bank Woods nature reserve, which is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, or by the banks of the Nidd near Kirk Hammerton at our young woodland, Sylvan.

Tasks include conservation work like controlling gorse, spreading tree and wildflower seed, controlling invasive plants, and removing tree tubes from trees that are large enough to thrive without them. During the winter months we also need help with tree planting.

If you have experience, you can also help us with repairing dry stone walls, and some of the simple maintenance of our historic barns.

We have a rota of people to check on the six Exmoor ponies who are part of our conservation grazing team.

You will need to be reasonably fit. Bank Woods is quite steep in places; Dowgill Grange is quite rocky under foot. Sylvan is fairly level. None of our sites have any conventional infrastructure. You will need to be able to get to our locations; for directions, click on the name:

Bank Woods

Sylvan Nature Reserve

Dowgill Grange

More Information:

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