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Residential volunteering

Jenny fencing on our Onziebust reserve, Orkney.

Jenny fencing on our Onziebust reserve, Orkney

Image: The RSPB

Residential volunteering is your chance to have a break, try something new or get some experience for your CV.

There are over 40 different places to stay and hundreds of things to do. You can spend a week or more on a reserve, and you can do it alone or bring a friend.

We'll provide you with accommodation, new skills and some great memories.

We have highlighted a selection of opportunities further down the page.

If you'd like a taster of what it's like to be a residential volunteer, you can watch this short video: 

Anneke Emery, volunteer at Fairburn Ings reserve

I could walk through the reserve to work each morning with the peepings of oystercatchers surrounding me. I learnt all the tricks of the trade, ranging from fencing, moth trapping and reed planting (including how to extract yourself when you’ve fallen in), to butterfly surveying and the less attractive ragwort pulling and litter picking. Now it’s over, I’m keen to do another!

Anneke Emery, residential volunteer at Fairburn Ings reserve
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How you can help

Request a copy of Do Something Different, our residential volunteering brochure, including application form.

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