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Buxton Wood Beech Plantation


Beech plantation, Buxton Wood (part of Fineshade Woods)

Volunteering in Rockingham Forest

Here is a list of current volunteering opportunities in the Rockingham Forest area.

Please click on the appropriate link for more details and to contact the relevant group or organisation.

Please contact RFV if you would like to advertise  your volunteering event here.

New means of monitoring Dormice needs volunteers

Dormouse in Fineshade Wood

Elusive and rare, Dormice are still present in
some woodlands and the Wildlife Trust is setting up a scheme to lend out surveying kits for you to use in woodland locations across Rockingham Forest from April to October.  Training and support available.

Download this file for details and read about Dormice in Rockingham Forest here.  


Surveying for adders and other reptiles  

Northants Amphibian and Reptile Group monitor reptiles in Rockingham Forest.

Surveys start in early spring and continue throughout the summer. Read more about their work in the area and how you could get involved on this page of the website.

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Publicising the Vision - social media

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Rockingham Forest Vision is evolving all the time and you may have skills that could help us. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with publicity, in particular through social media and the local press.

Or perhaps you could write blog articles or create website pages?  Or perhaps you have your own ideas of how you could move the vision forward? We're open to offer and would love to hear from you!

Email the team to set up a chat

Recording wild apple trees

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In a joint project with People's Trust for Endangered Species,

the Orchard Network are aiming to identify the true identity of the native crab apple, Malus sylvestris. Part  of the project involves recording apple trees growing in the wild and volunteers are needed  to help with this.
For more details please contact Paul Read by email.

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Monitoring a river or stream

Monitoring Fineshade Brook
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We are recruiting River Wardens for new
parts of the River Welland catchment area -
a great way to spend time outside and learn more about the natural environment.  Learn how to monitor turbidity, phosphate and nitrate concentrations and different aquatic invertebrates. Anyone can do it because training, support and equipment are provided! More details here.

Woodland survey volunteers

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Many smaller woods were left off the original inventory and we have identified many in Rockingham Forest which are potentially Ancient Woodland. We would like to survey as many as possible - could you help us please by visiting them in the spring of 2024?  More details can be found on this page of the website.


WTBCN is working on a project to update the data-base of designated Ancient Woodland. 

Work parties with Butterfly Conservation

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Scrub clearance to maintain suitable
habitat for butterflies at a various sites including Fineshade and Fermyn Woods Country park.

Dates throughout the winter with more details available by following this link.  Or contact Susannah O'Riordan -  soriordan@butterfly-

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Wildplaces volunteering workparties

KIngscliffe Wildplaces

For details of what, when and where things are happening, join the facebook page or contact to go on the mailing list.

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Working in Kings Cliffe, practical tasks on footpaths and habitats usually take place on the second Sunday morning of each month and at other times as required.

Workparties on Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

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Volunteering work on our nature reserves is a great way to give hands-on help for wildlife. 

Our weekly Wednesday and Thursday groups meet at reserves around Northants and are currently in Short Wood, Southwick Wood, Kings Wood and Glapthorn Cow Pastures. We also have a weekly Friday volunteer group at Old Sulehay Nature Reserve.   Contact details here.


Working in one of Corby's Woodlands

Corby Woodlands volunteers

Come and join one of the Friends groups that work regularly in Corby's green spaces. You could be be involved with work on the woodlands, including coppicing, planting, litter picking, helping with events and more.

More details here

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Volunteer in Foxy's Woodland Shop

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The not-for-profit shop at East Carlton Countryside Park stocks all sorts of woodland products and raises money for the Corby Woodland Project. Our lovely volunteers ensure the shop is open every day and we always welcome new members to our friendly team. Full training is provided and there are many benefits.
 Details on the website here.

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Practical work on a National Nature Reserve

Coppicing in Easton Hornstocks

This year we are hoping to establish a group of volunteers who will work on conservation projects in the National Nature Reserves including Collyweston Great Wood and Easton Hornstocks. If you are interested please email Tim Starsmore-Sutton  for further details


Helping Forestry England at Fineshade

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Conservation volunteers meet every two weeks during the winter to carry out a range of woodland tasks, and some also work in the garden and orchard during the summer months. You could also help out on the Welcome desk if you love meeting and greeting people. 

More details and contacts on this web page.

Why volunteer?

Read Annabelle Holland's blog article on the satisfaction she derives from volunteering in Rockingham Forest

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