Project information

Conservation Volunteering

Our main aim is to conserve, maintain, and enhance the environment, for the benefit of wildlife, biodiversity, and the public. We do this through providing volunteer work parties to various sites in and around Oxfordshire.

Ongoing. We have been operating since 1977

Charity information

Oxford Conservation Volunteers

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  • Need


    There is a huge amount of work needed to maintain and improve our local nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest. Sites do not have sufficient manpower to do the work themselves, nor sufficient funds to get commercial firms in.


    By providing reliable and knowledgable volunteer work parties we can undertake various types of conservation work across Oxfordshire (and beyond!). We have our own tools and insurance and we operate a minibus, which allows us to reach out to a wide cross-section of the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Continue providing regular volunteer work parties.


    » Ongoing donations allow us to continue providing free transport to our weekly tasks, to enable us to be as inclusive as possible.

    Weekly volunteer work parties organised and attended free of charge by our volunteers.

    Aim 2

    Improving knowledge of traditional nature conservation techniques in Oxfordshire.


    » Donations will enable us to organise free training courses for our volunteers in some of the key conservation techniques (e.g. hedgelaying, coppicing)

    Raise sufficient funds (£600) to offer 3 days of training in conservation techniques to our volunteers free of charge.

    Aim 3

    Tools and safety equipment needed for our nature conservation tasks.


    » Donations will enable us to continue providing tools and safety equipment free of charge to our volunteers.

    Tools in good working order and safety equipment available for volunteers free of charge.

  • Impact


    Ensure that Oxford Conservation Volunteers is able to continue carrying out practical work to conserve the wildlife and traditional landscape of the Oxford area, as we have done since 1977. Our activities have a measurable impact on wildilfe in Oxfordshire. For example, our work at Iffley Island Site of Special Scientific Interest has directly contributed to the site being classified as 'recovering' rather than 'declining' by Natural England.


    If OCV is not able to raise sufficient funds to continue operating our minibus and replace our stock of ageing tools, there is a risk that OCV could not continue operating. We would also not be able to continue providing worthwhile free volunteering opportunities in Oxfordshire.


    We will update donors with a thank you letter once we have raised sufficient funds to continue operating (where contact details have been provided).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600 Training courses 3 days of training in conservation techniques
      £400 Running costs Transport and maintenance costs for our minibus
  • Background


    The Oxford Conservation Volunteers operates primarily in Oxford and Oxfordshire, with occasional tasks in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.


    *The local community will benefit, as we often improve access to nature reserves, thus allowing local residents to enjoy green spaces more.
    *Species and habitats of conservation interest throughout Oxfordshire.
    *Anyone who wishes to volunteer with the Oxford Conservation Volunteers including individuals from vulnerable groups such as the homeless and job seekers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been operating in Oxfordshire since 1977 and have a good reputation with nature conservation organisations for our professionalism and motivation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Bletsoe

    Tim is one of the charity's trustees. He is our chair and has been volunteering with the Oxford Conservation Volunteers for over three years.

    Chris Skepper

    Chris is also a trustee of the charity and our social secretary. He has been volunteering with the Oxford Conservation Volunteers for over five years.

    Dr Craig Waugh

    Craig is a trustee and the charity's treasurer. He ensures that our accounts are fit for purpose and reports to the Charity Commission.