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Conservation conservation volunteering

There are a variety of ways in which you, your friends and family can become involved in conservation volunteering at the Lakes. It’s a great way to meet new people and learn new skills in a fantastic environment.

• Work Parties
• Regular Volunteering
• Volunteer Groups
• Wildlife Recording

Work Parties

We often hold specific work party days to help get large tasks completed such as vegetation clearance, hedge laying and invasive weed control - these days are advertised on our events pages, they are regularly updated and occur at numerous sites across the region.

Regular Volunteering

We currently have a number of Volunteer Conservation Officers (VCO's) who assist our team at numerous sites. Our Volunteer Conservation Officers work with other volunteers to deliver site work programmes. We are currently looking to recruit VCO'S at Roadford and Fernworthy, further details are posted to the right of this page. 

If you are interested in assisting at any of our Dartmoor sites on an informal basis please contact Neil Reeves, Conservation & Leisure Manager, Dartmoor on 01822 855700 or

For any of our sites in Cornwall and those outside of the National Park in Devon please contact Ben Smeeth on 01566 771930 or

Volunteer Groups

We're lucky enough to have a couple of groups who volunteer at some of our sites in particular the Exmoor Conservation Volunteers (Wimbleball) and The Conservation Volunteers in West Cornwall

For further information on these groups please visit their website 

Exmoor Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers


Everyone can get involved by recording the wildlife they see on a day trip to one of the Lakes, for further information on submitting your sightings visit our wildlife recording page.

On the wildlife recording page there is also information for specialists to help us with recording at our sites. If you are interested in getting involved on a regular basis please contact Head Office for further information on 01566 771930 or


There are many opportunities for research projects involving the sites we manage. Many university students approach us to carry out dissertation and PhD research tailored to there own needs. If you have such a requirement please do contact us. Projects in the past have included bat species and populations, water quality and photographic studies.

We currently have two projects of our own that we would like to get of the ground; Breeding bird survey at College Lake, near Penryn and a Culm grassland translocation research project. Details for both are listed to the right.

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