List of YWT Nature Reserves (A-Z)


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Get involved on a Corporate WorkdayBarclays Banking PLC employees lend a hand - Credit Lizzie Dealey

If you're looking for an opportunity for a group of employees to get involved in hands-on nature conservation then a corporate workday may be the best option for you.

We run corporate workdays throughout the year across our 97 nature reserves, providing:

  • exclusive events for groups of all sizes and abilities,
  • team building and development opportunities,
  • all equipment and materials necessary for the task,
  • opportunities for guided walks
  • full training, health and safety provision and on-site briefing for the day’s task by our expert nature reserve officers.


Prior experience is not necessary, and staff can enjoy a novel and memorable day away from the office, helping local wildlife through hands-on conservation tasks.

Costs involved

We ask companies to make a donation of £50 + VAT per head to help cover the costs of tools, equipment, health & safety provision, management and supervision. There is a 30% discount for Corporate Members.

Get in touch!

Please contact Julie Smith our Corporate Development Officer by email or telephone 01904 659570. All we need to know is where, when and how many - and we will do the rest!

What can I expect? Take a look at our workday news pages

The corporate workdays that we offer vary throughout the year depending on the season. Some typical tasks are listed below, please contact us for specific details:

Time of year Task Group Size Location
September to February


Woodland management.
Careful tree felling and coppicing over the winter months in order to manage our woodland reserves.
Up to 12 Yorkshire wide
October to February
Scrub clearance.
Clearing scrub (using hand tools such as loppers and bowsaws) enhances floral diversity in grasslands.
Up to 12 Yorkshire wide
October to February
Reed cutting.
Careful rotational cutting of reed beds enhances the structure and diversity of this important wetland habitat. This activity requires waders (provided).
Up to 12 South Yorkshire
June to July
Ragwort pulling.
Ragwort must be controlled as it quickly spreads through our grasslands and is harmful to grazing livestock.
Up to 20 Yorkshire wide
June to August
Himalayan balsam pulling.
This non native species quickly outcompetes our native wildflowers if left unmanaged.
Up to 20 Yorkshire wide
Hay meadow cutting.
In order to maintain the colourful displays of wildflowers during the summer months we must cut and rake our hay meadows in September.
Up to 15 Yorkshire wide