Will Jones, Wild East Devon Events & Volunteer Officer:

Our EDCV team are the champions of practical work across the district. The variety of the role stretches from gorse clearance at Trinity Hill near Axminster to footpath clearance at Knapp Copse near Honiton, taking in all of our nature reserves apart from Seaton Wetlands. If you're interested in variety and like to do practical work across all different habitats and environments, this is the role for you.

Every Thursday under the guidance of our Wild East Devon Ranger Jon, the group helps with practical site management across nine of our ten nature reserves from Axminster to Exmouth contributing to the conservation of the district's fantastic wildlife and habitats.

The East Devon Conservation Volunteers work across a range of habitats and there is plenty of opportunity to get involved with a variety of tasks throughout the year including:

  • Scrub clearance
  • Coppicing
  • Tree thinning
  • Hedgelaying
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Control of invasive species

Volunteers have the opportunity to develop new practical skills and an understanding of habitat management techniques. No previous experience is necessary, all volunteers are offered first aid training and there are plenty of social events throughout the year. Booking is via the online volunteer portal.

All of the volunteers are offered training including first aid and there are plenty of social events throughout the year.

Please contact the Wild East Devon team for more information, email wild@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone 01395 517557


Please note:

Upon the corona virus outbreak in March we suspended all volunteering activity including practical sessions and volunteer-led events. In mid-July we welcomed back our first two roles of volunteers on a small group session-basis of up to five people per group booked via our online volunteering portal. We plan to increase numbers and bring back our other nine volunteer roles when safe to do so and in line with government and NVCO advice.

Before we have brought back all of our volunteer roles and especially while we are leading limited-number volunteer sessions we’ve made the decision not to induct any new volunteers into our team. This is partly to give our existing team of over 150 volunteers a chance at (currently only 10) limited volunteering spaces per week as well as a desire to give new volunteers as good as a welcome into the team as possible which is only achievable with a fully-functioning team of staff and volunteers.