Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Surrey Wildlife Trust, founded in 1959, is the only independent charity concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. We currently manage over 80 nature reserves, covering almost 8,000 hectares which equates to 5% of the land area of Surrey. These reserves range from heathlands, meadows, ancient woodlands, wetlands and grasslands and their management is impossible without our dedicated, passionate and capable volunteers.

We have around 1,000 registered volunteers who give their time freely and who collectively contribute over 10,000 days of in-kind support each year. They support our work in many different ways such as through practical conservation on our reserves, assisting with events and helping to educate future generations. Our volunteers represent a broad cross-section of the local community and range from younger people keen to gain experience for their CVs to older people who feel they want to make a difference to help protect the wildlife and countryside of Surrey.

Surrey Wildlife Trust helps its volunteers to;
• develop and expand a range of skills, experiences and interests;
• meet new people and access new places;
• improve their health and wellbeing; and
• make a real difference to the biodiversity of Surrey and improve their local area.

We recognise the immense value of our volunteers and strive to ensure they operate within a culture which is friendly, inclusive, respectful and safe. We are pleased to see that our volunteer numbers are steadily increasing as this will help to strengthen the quantity and quality of our achievements.

However as our volunteer numbers increase it is costing us more to provide adequate support and equipment. Please help us to equip our Wildlife Workforce!

We are seeking £5,000 to buy new tools, which would include work gloves, bowsaws, loppers, spades, rakes, ragforks and other equipment such as drills to ensure our volunteers are fully equipped and safe while carrying out practical conservation tasks on our reserves. In addition, we need funding so that volunteers can be trained, both initially and through on-going refresher courses, in essential subjects such as first aid, group leadership and wildlife identification skills.

Please help us to continue to offer first rate volunteering opportunities to the people of Surrey.

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Surrey Wildlife Trust

Moment of Pride

We are proud of our committed, passionate and active volunteers. Our dedicated supporters, some of whom have been with us for over 40 years, provide substantial experience which is reinforced by new volunteers with fresh ideas and skills. All of their support is invaluable to the Trust.

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom