Natural England - Derbyshire Dales: want to get involved?

Derbyshire Dales: want to get involved?

There are many opportunities for volunteers to get involved on the reserve.

Volunteer in Monksdale © Ian Weatherley


Get your hands dirty with practical conservation work: Support the reserve staff with site management work; for example, scrub control and fencing.

Help with survey and monitoring: Survey and monitoring provides essential information about the reserve and its habitats as well as contributing to a wider picture of the UK’s changing wildlife. Potential work on the reserve includes monitoring the flow of the River Lathkill, plant and bird survey and helping with our annual butterfly survey of Lathkill Dale.

Support our educational visits and events: Volunteers are a vital part of our work with schools, groups and the public and we simply couldn’t deliver many of our activities without them. Take a look at our page on school and community group visits to see the kind of activities you could help to support.

Become a Reserve Ambassador: We're looking for volunteers passionate about the dales to join this newly established scheme. Ambassadors will help visitors to find the hidden treasures that make Derbyshire Dales one of the best nature reserves in the UK whilst at the same time keeping an eye on the reserve and its wildlife. The role is flexible in terms of the level of commitment required and can be carried out individually or in a pair or small group.

For further information on volunteering at Derbyshire Dales NNR please call email

For more general information, visit our section on volunteering with Natural England