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Nottinghamshire County Council - Proud of our past, ambitious for our future


Contact us

Country Parks and Conservation Service
Nottinghamshire County Council
Trent Bridge House
Fox Road
West Bridgford

Tel: 0300 500 80 80
Minicom: 01623 434993
Email: conservation.en@nottscc.gov.uk

Photo of bluebells in a wood.

Nature conservation is about maintaining the health of the natural world.

Our work ranges from the design of large restoration schemes, to commenting on the impacts of planning applications on biodiversity, to the management of local nature reserves. We’ve developed strong partnerships with other environmental organisations to protect Nottinghamshire’s wildlife sites, habitats and species.

Get involved

Be a volunteer

You can help to protect, restore and improve the Nottinghamshire countryside by volunteering:

Conservation task days - these can include maintaining woodland, laying new footpaths, cutting back foliage, litter picking and more at a variety of green spaces, nature reserves, country parks and woodlands across the county. Contact Community Liaison Officer, Sue McDonald: tel: 0115 975 3782 email: sue.mcdonald@nottscc.gov.uk

Volunteer with a local wildlife group or conservation organisation  - the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group's website has a list of the many opportunities available around the county, from country parks and waterways to surveys and managing habitats. In addition, many of Nottinghamshire's local nature reserves have friends groups who would be glad to hear from you. 

Make changes to your lifestyle

Making your lifestyle a bit greener can make a big difference to the environment, both locally and on a global scale. The Direct Gov website offers lots of tips on going green.

Make your garden a home for wildlife

Encouraging birds, mammals and insects to visit and live in your garden helps to look after wildlife in the UK. It can also help control garden pests by attracting natural predators. Find out how to make your garden a home for wildlife.

Help us make decisions

Become a Sherwood Forest Community Ranger, and get involved with making decisions and managing the site. You can:

  • Comment on proposals for the forest

  • Contribute to management plans

  • Help us undertake wildlife surveys

  • Work on practical conservation and access projects

  • Provide information about wildlife found on the site

  • Set up 'friends' groups.

If you're interested, fill in the volunteer registration form [PDF 156KB] or visit the Forestry Commission website to learn more.

Teach children about the environment

As part of our Community Action for Wildlife scheme, we offer 'Fun in a Box' to schools, play schemes and community and youth groups. The self-contained boxes contain exciting outdoor activities that make learning about wildlife fun. There are 17 different activity boxes available, including kite making, pond dipping, woodland art and orienteering. Free training is available about how to use the boxes, health and safety and how to set up and lead group activities outdoors. For more details please contact the Sherwood Forest Community Rangers on tel: 01623 822 447.

Train for a career in countryside management

If you're working towards a career in countryside management, contact us to discuss voluntary work placements shadowing our rangers. The Sherwood Forest Community Rangers will provide each Shadow Ranger with a mentor from a number of host organisations. You will receive on-the-job training including practical site management, working with communities, and planning and organising countryside events, guided walks and environmental education activities. For more information contact the Sherwood Forest Community Rangers on tel: 01623 822 447. Work experience placements are part of our Community Action for Wildlife scheme.

Learn conservation skills

The Sherwood Conservation Skills Project is based in Sherwood Forest Country Park. The project offers a chance for you to do your bit for this ancient habitat by working alongside the Rangers. This project supplies a great opportunity to learn about the forest and gain experience of conservation management, wildlife monitoring and working with visitors. For more information contact the Ranger Team at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre on tel: 01623 823 202.

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