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Volunteer with the West Wickham Commons
Volunteering on one of the Commons is a great way to connect with nature, meet new people and make a difference to our beautiful open spaces.
Volunteers support our important work in many ways: from managing livestock, undertaking crucial surveys, to educating visitors about our sites, archaeological digs to leading walks.
By becoming a volunteer you get a unique chance to get involved with these outstanding spaces, meeting new people, developing skills and learning about the environment.
You can help with
We carry out regular surveying of wildlife to help us monitor how we manage our sites including weekly butterfly transects which are walked on all seven of the Commons. They take place between April and October and involve walking a set route each week and recording the species you see.
You can get involved in practical habitat management and conservation on site. Tasks vary from site to site and time of year. Roles involve:
- coppicing woodland
- management of livestock
- making charcoal
- countryside furniture maintenance
- control of invasive species and shrub clearance
Each year we attend a number of local events to promote and infom the community about the fantastic green spaces we look after. Past events have included bird watching, star gazing, bat walks and photography sessions. Volunteering on local events involves:
- engaging with the public
- give talks
- handing out promotional materials
- encouraging people to explore
We also run a programme of walks and talks across our sites. If you have specialist knowledge on a relevant subject, we can help you organise and promote an event on one of our sites.