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    ​Conservation volunteers on New Hill

Are you looking for volunteering opportunities? Take a look at our current opportunities and do get in touch if you need further details.

Call us on 01372 279 083 or send an email to the City Commons team to contact us and we will help you to get started.​

We look forward to welcoming you to our team of volunteers!

Butterfly transects

Butterfly transects are walked on all seven of the City Commons. They take place weekly between April and October and involve walking a set route each week and recording the butterfly species you see.

Walk routes usually take one to one and a half hours and are a fantastic way of getting to learn more about these magnificent creatures. Our sites have records for around 30 different species each so there's plenty to see.

Our data is entered onto a programme called Transect Walker so that we can submit it to the national charity, Butterfly Conservation. This data is then used to study national trends.

Conservation volunteer groups

​Each of the seven City Commons has a long-standing, dedicated volunteer group that help the rangers out with practical habitat management and conservation on site.

Tasks vary by site and by time of year but typical work tasks include coppicing woodland, management of livestock, creating dead hedges, countryside furniture maintenance, control of invasive species and scrub clearance.

Ashtead Common Estate Team Volunteers meet every Monday at 10am at the Ashtead Estate Office.

The New Hillbillies work on Farthing Downs & New Hill and meet on one Sunday of each month at 10am.

The Chain Gang work on Coulsdon Common and meet on the first Thursday of each month at 10am.

Kenley Volunteers meet every third Tuesday of the month at 10am.

Riddlesdown Volunteers meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10am.

The WWaSPs work on West Wickham Common and Spring Park and meet on the last Friday of each month at 10am and on occasional Thursdays.

Events assistants

We attend a number of local events each year and are always keen to hear from people who would like to help us at these. This may involve handing out fliers, engaging with the public, teaching visitors about the work of the City of London Corporation and encouraging people to get out and enjoy their local site.

We also run a programme of walks and talks across City Commons. If you have specialist knowledge on a relevant subject, we can help you to organise and promote an event on one of our sites. Events held in the past have included bird watching, star gazing, bat walks and photography sessions.

If you have a love of your local site and want to inspire others to share it, please get in touch.

Heritage research and archiving - Kenley Revival Project

Do you have a passion for historical research and would like to join the Kenley Revival Project?

Volunteer opportunities will be available at different stages throughout the lifetime of the project and will include:

  • Undertake wildlife and habitat conservation alongside heritage conservation
  • Manage the online archive including seeking permissions and cataloguing content
  • Editing video camera footage
  • Identify members of the community for Oral History recording
  • Organise and stage events
  • Research and devise content for the new permanent onsite interpretation