Innovative mammal conservation

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Volunteer

Thank you for showing an interest in sharing your time, skills and knowledge to contribute towards mammal research and conservation in Britain and Ireland. There are various ways that individuals can contribute to the ongoing vision of the Trust, and we recognise that the diversity of individuals who wish to become VWT volunteers holds both strength and value.

This year we are hopeful that COVID guidelines will allow our monitoring programme to proceed with the help of volunteers. We are therefore recruiting for help this Spring and Summer and later into the year. Please be mindful that opportunities may be postponed if the current pandemic situation in Britain changes. However, we will be keeping our volunteers up to date with our plans.

Volunteer Opportunities

Select a role title to read a summary of what is involved. If it is something you can help us with, please fill in the expression of interest form below or use the contact details provided.

Bat Programme

Barbastelle Woodland Surveyor (for research project into barbastelles – more info here)

We are looking for people to help survey woodland for the presence of barbastelle bats. Surveys will be carried out mid-May to the end of August and volunteers are asked to complete a minimum of one survey.

This opportunity is available in four different areas: 1 Herefordshire, 2 West Sussex, 3 Wiltshire and 4 Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Barbastelle Survey Base Coordinator (for research project into barbastelles – more info here)

We are looking for key volunteers to help coordinate equipment used to survey woodland for barbastelle bats from mid-May to the end of August.

A key volunteer will be needed in the four different project areas: 1 Herefordshire, 2 West Sussex, 3 Wiltshire and 4 Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Bat Reserve Ranger

Later this year in Autumn and Winter we will be carrying out maintenance work at our horseshoe bat reserves to make sure they are in good conditions for the bats. We are recruiting volunteers to help with this task at our bat reserves in the following areas:

Southwest England: south Devon, mid and southwest Dorset, mid-Somerset, Bath and northeast Somerset and north Somerset.

West of England: west and south Shropshire.

South Wales: south Powys and Swansea.

Mid Wales: mid and east Powys.

Carnivore Programme

We are not currently recruiting for our Carnivore Programme.

Can’t find a volunteer role for you? Please answer the following questions to express your interest and we will check to see if we have anything that matches your motivations and requirements. Alternatively, check the website from time to time for updates or follow us on social media where we will share future opportunities.

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    Which age bracket applies to you?*
    Under 2020-2930-3940-4950-5960-6970+


    VWT currently has project sites across Britain and Ireland, including mid-Wales and south west England. In which region(s) and/or areas are you looking to volunteer?


    Some volunteering roles involve strenuous physical activity such as walking on uneven terrain for extended periods of time. Are there any health conditions or ongoing issues which may affect your ability to undertake any tasks? (this also includes but is not limited to communication and mobility) Please explain:


    How did you hear about volunteering with The Vincent Wildlife Trust?*
    Friend/RelativeVWT websiteVWT newsletterMagazine articleOther


    What are your reasons and/or motivations for volunteering with VWT?*
    Make a positive impact to mammal conservationLearn new skillsFor fun and enjoymentShare existing skills and knowledge with othersExplore a new careerMeet new people and/or make friendsOther


    What is your availability?*

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    Do you have experience in any of the following areas, or have any other relevant skills?*
    RadiotrackingRemote camera trap settingEmergence counts (bats)Habitat surveysWildlife/mammal surveysHabitat restoration and/or enhancementOther


    Do you currently, or have you previously held any wildlife licences?


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