For something a little bit different, why not consider volunteering in the Avalon Marshes?  We have opportunities for one-off volunteering or more regular activities, ranging from helping with the construction of replica historical buildings and artefacts, or looking after walking routes, to office-based activities such as photo-archiving or managing event bookings.  If you are looking for skills to enhance your CV or just want to get involved in the Avalon Marshes, then we have something for you.

Below you will find information on the volunteering opportunities that are currently available. These are:

If you are interested please get in touch and we can provide more details. We have a volunteering policy and if you would like to read this click on this link.

Email: info@avalonmarshes.org
Phone: 01458 860556
Address: Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, Somerset, BA6 9TT

Walk Route Warden

We have developed a number of circular walking routes around the Avalon Marshes, and are looking for some help to ensure they remain accessible.  Could you spare a couple of hours a month to walk a route near you and perhaps promote the route locally?  If so please contact Kevin Anderson at the above address for more information.  Details of the walk routes can be found here. 

Hands on Heritage

The Hands on Heritage team are building reconstructions of ancient buildings and artefacts using traditional crafts and techniques. The Iron Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon periods are all represented in this exciting project, through stone wall construction, lime mortaring, green timber frame woodworking, pottery making and firing, tile manufacture, wood turning and carving. We are particularly looking for craft or building skills, or anyone with an interest in archaeology, history and the environment. You can find more information on their projects at the Hands on Heritage blog 

Volunteering on the Nature Reserves

Our conservation partners are often on the lookout for practical help out on the Avalon Marshes’ nature reserves.  The work can vary from cutting back and burning scrub, creating new paths through the reserves, or surveying the many different species found out here.  Further information and contact details below:

Natural England logoNatural England

Where – Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve
Contact – julie.merrett@naturalengland.org.uk



Hawk and Owl Trust logoThe Hawk & Owl Trust

Where – Shapwick Moor Nature 
Contact – simon.beard@hawkandowl


Wildlife Trust logoSomerset Wildlife Trust

Where – Westhay Moor and the Catcott Complex of nature  reserves
More information – Opportunities advertised on SWT’s website
Contact – volunteering@somersetwildlife



brazilian hairRSPB

WhereHam Wall National Nature Reserve
More information – Opportunities advertised on RSPB’s website
Contact – ham.wall@rspb.org.uk

SCV logo

Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers

Where – Various local nature reserves
With – Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers (SCV) every other Sunday
More information – Link to SCV’s website