Become a volunteer and support your community

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers are very important in ensuring that the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust remains at the forefront of nature conservation work in Powys. To achieve many of our targets volunteer input is essential and volunteers make a considerable contribution to our success. Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources with their enthusiasm, commitment, experience and skills.

How can you help?
Volunteering is a rewarding experience allowing you to develop skills and interests, to meet new people and above all to contribute to the conservation of some of Montgomeryshire's most valuable natural areas. The level of commitment is entirely up to you and how happy you feel about giving up some of your time. Whatever time you can give will be a vital contribution to our work.

Volunteering on Nature Reserves
This is the easiest and quickest way to get involved in our work. We run regular work parties on various nature reserves each Wednesday throughout the year and Saturday work parties are currently being trialled too. The tasks are varied and hopefully interesting. You do not need to be a member of the Trust to join the work parties, although many volunteers do choose to become members. No previous experience is necessary as you will be given all the on-the-job training and guidance you need. 

The Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant from Environment Wales towards a volunteering opportunity at the beautiful Severn Farm Pond community reserve in Welshpool. The project is for anyone who would like to try something new in their lives it will enable folk to learn more about our environment, volunteer for wildlife as well as try some new skills and meet new people.

The project is currently running on Wednesday mornings at Severn Farm Pond reserve from 10am - 1pm and will be a friendly drop-in opportunity to get involved in re structuring the lovely but tired sensory garden, a little reserve maintenance and to develop some new and exciting demonstration areas to inform and inspire visitors to the site. Several community training sessions will be available free to volunteers to learn a variety of new skills together based around the themes of sustainable living.

Since 1982, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT) has been the leading voluntary organisation promoting wildlife conservation in Montgomeryshire.

Our mission is to rebuild biodiversity and engage people with their environment by being an active and influential wildlife champion.Llanymynech Rocks, August 2011

To achieve this, MWT works in the following areas:

Living Landscapes
The Trust manages 20 Nature Reserves within the county, totalling some 530 hectares in area. These reserves are a showcase of some of Montgomeryshire's finest remnants of prime wildlife habitat.
We work with partners to achieve habitat creation across the County, including "large area" conservation projects such as the Pumlumon Project.
MWT undertakes specialist projects for the aid of individual species such as Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies and Lesser Horseshoe Bats.

Standing Up For Wildlife:
Montgomeryshire's magnificent and varied landscape still holds a wide range of habitats supporting some of our most common and threatened species.

MWT aims to influence wildlife conservation policy at all levels, from advising individual landowners to lobbying the Welsh Government.
We work with the Local Authority to formulate and implement Biodiversity Action Plans for species and habitats under threat in Montgomeryshire.
We stand up for wildlife when under threat from development, from small-scale hedgerow removals to large-scale wind farms.

People and Wildlife:
Education is vital to promote the message of nature conservation; events for schools and families are held throughout the year to encourage people to visit our nature reserves and experience the wealth of nature which is around them. Much of this work is undertaken by our Education Officer who liaises with local schools and community groups and organises events and activities for all ages.

Membership and Volunteers:
The Border Viewpoint at Llanymynech RocksIn common with all other wildlife trusts, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is an independent charity limited by guarantee. We are supported by approximately 1,400 members, employ 10 staff and are supported by 100 active volunteers.

The Trust operates in close partnership with the other 46 UK Wildlife Trusts, under the guidance of the umbrella organisation - the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). In recent years we have formed a strong allegiance with our 5 fellow Welsh Wildlife Trusts, a partnership known as Wildlife Trusts Wales. This important cohesive move has given us greater national strength in our collective work for biodiversity across Wales.