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In line with the latest government announcements regarding Coronavirus (Covid19) urging all citizens to stay at home, we are suspending the majority of volunteering. We have also felt it necessary to close or restrict access to all Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves and visitor centres for the rest of March and all of April 2020.

To clarify what volunteering has been suspended; all practical conservation task days are cancelled until the end of April, all office, visitor centre and event volunteering is all suspended. If you undertake surveys- breeding bird, butterfly, botanical, invasive species or any other type of surveying- this too has been suspended. Volunteering as a ranger or reserve warden will also be suspended, but please rest assured our staff will still continue to look after our nature reserves as much as they can during this lockdown period.

If you are unsure please contact your Volunteer Manager or the Volunteering Support Team. You can email volunteeing@ywt.org.uk your questions and we’ll get back to you.

We still have some exciting opportunities advertised and recruitment for some these roles is expected to continue. Time scales may change in regards to any interview and start dates but we will keep our applicants updated.

We will continue to assess the situation carefully over the coming weeks and will let you know as soon as we are in a position to review this decision. You can also visit our homepage for the most up to date announcements.


Incredible wild spaces, working alongside inspiring friends and supporting your local wildlife - that’s why our volunteers keep coming back.

All across Yorkshire people give us their spare minutes, hours and days on beaches, under trees, amongst meadows and in communities, schools and offices. Over 1000 volunteers are working together to create a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone and you can be a part of it too. However much time you have and whatever skills and experience you bring there are many ways in which you can help the wildlife living on your doorstep. 

With so much to get involved in we’re sure we’ve got something for you; raking hay meadows, leading rock pooling, hosting a Wild Party, keeping watch over our sheep and cattle. Whatever you decide to do you’ll be part of a fantastic team helping to protect and share the amazing wildlife that calls Yorkshire home.

You might choose to volunteer regularly in our cafés, shops or offices, lead guided walks and events that fit around the rest of your life or pop along to our practical conservation days whenever you’re free and able. We even have some volunteers who give their time from home. Find opportunities near you.

(c) Simon Collins, York Filming and Editing and Helen Leavey, writer and journalist

I love working with my fellow volunteers and staff. Sometimes, when I wake up and don't feel like getting out of bed to do some work (I am retired), it is the thought of seeing, interacting and working with everyone else that jolts me out of my short-period apathy. Plus, I have the end-of-day pleasure of having done something worthwhile.
Neil Doherty, Volunteer

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