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Volunteering news

Welcome to your volunteering news section. Here you can read our latest volunteering news, updates, volunteer stories, and explore opportunities to get involved with us. Whether you’re already a volunteer, or you’re looking for opportunities to join in and make a difference for wild plants and fungi, read our news articles to discover more about what our volunteers get up to and the difference they make to the work we do.

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Get involved

As a Plantlife volunteer there’s always something you can get involved in. Here’s a roundup of upcoming talks and training opportunities which are all open to our volunteers.

Online Talk – Becoming ‘familiar’ with botany – Monday 25 March 7pm

A talk for our members and volunteers.

Join Sarah Shuttleworth and Sam Braine in looking at the features of five plant families; Apiaceae (Carrot family), Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle family), Fabiaceae (Pea family), Rosaceae (Rose family) and Rubiaceae (Bedstraw family).

Booking link will be sent via your Volunteer Manager.

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Learn more about Plantlife on our YouTube channel

Learn more about the subjects that spark your interest on Plantlife YouTube channel.

Plantlife – YouTube

Plantlife e-learning course – Identifying Woodland Ferns

Get familiar with ferns! Develop the skills you need to identify woodland ferns and learn more about the history of ferns and their cultural significance in this e-learning course.

Identifying Woodland Ferns e-learning course

Featured projects

Here’s a roundup of some of our featured projects all of which involve volunteers, or will be involving volunteers in the future. This section will be added to over time as we shine the spotlight on our different projects. Be sure to check back in to keep an eye on the variety of different ways volunteers are working with us.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS)

Dr Rachel Murphy, NPMS Volunteer Manager – ' The NPMS is a nationwide partnership project, supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteer citizen scientists, who do botanical surveys every year at their allocated sites. These long-term surveys are providing data that enables us to study the abundance and diversity of plants over time across 30 different semi-natural habitats. It has been a busy year for the scheme with nearly 200 new volunteers! Our volunteers have access to an ongoing programme of training and events both online and in person.'

Glaswelltiroedd Gwydn  (Resilient Grasslands) projectWildflower meadow landscape with a variety of species near Cardiff, Wales

Glaswelltiroedd Gwydn (Resilient Grasslands) project

Lawrence Harris, Project Officer Resilient Grasslands – 'Our native grasslands in Wales are a huge asset; vital for nature and people to thrive, for food production, biodiversity and to help combat climate change. Our project is working to conserve and enhance some of our most important grassland habitats. Over the next 2.5 years there will be opportunities to help with grassland surveys, take part in land management days, help us write blogs, take photographs, and share information on our work, take part in training and take part in the Waxcap Watch anywhere in Wales using our app.'

Cairngorms Rare Plants & Wild Connections

Cairngorms Rare Plants & Wild Connections

Sam Jones, Project Manager Cairngorms Rare Plants and Wild Connections – 'This project is in its final few months. Our volunteers have made an excellent effort this summer through some terrible weather to get the last of the hard work done. From watering Twinflower cuttings during an exceptional dry spell, surveying our mob grazing trial meadows in the pouring rain, to watching the flood waters rise and cover our waxcaps during fungi surveys. It’s been an eventful year! Thank you to all volunteers who dedicated their time helping out.'

Natur am Byth!tiny green cup like lichens

Natur am Byth – Mini Wonders of the Welsh Marches

Ellie Baggett, Project Officer Natur am Byth! – 'Summer 2023 saw the launch of Natur am Byth, Wales’ largest natural heritage and outreach programme to save species from extinction and reconnect people to nature. Through our Welsh Marches project, we will be working in Powys, focussing on rare and fascinating lichens and bryophytes of veteran trees and dry rocky outcrops; communities which are increasingly at risk. Watch this space for upcoming events, training, and volunteering opportunities, to include surveys and monitoring, species identification, habitat management, arts projects, and more!'

Species on the Edge

Species on the Edge, North Coast

Louise Senior, People Engagement Officer, Species on the Edge, North Coast – 'Species on the Edge is a collaborative approach to environmental action across Scotland’s coasts and islands. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the programme is overseen by NatureScot with partners spanning seven conservation charities. On Scotland’s north coast, Plantlife is delivering work on behalf of Butterfly Conservation, Buglife and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. This means that our volunteers can help with efforts to conserve the Great Yellow bumblebee, Small Blue butterfly and the Leaf beetle, as well as Scottish Primrose, Oysterplant and Purple Oxytropis. Volunteers can get involved in surveying and monitoring species, habitat management work and people engagement activities.'

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The project is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to recruit and develop our Digital Volunteers programme.