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Become a Big Forest Find volunteer

Play a key role in England’s largest survey of forest wildlife

We're recruiting volunteers to join us as part of the Big Forest Find taking place across the country. From birds and butterflies, to insects and plant life on the forest floor, play a key role on this journey of discovery through England’s wooded landscapes as part of our centenary celebrations. 

Learn more about the opportunities available and choose a role to suit you:

Peter Hugo - volunteer

Meet moth expert Peter Hugo

Expert Volunteer 

What's involved?

Working with our local team, experts and volunteers you will support us to collect data on local species of interest to help us record the rich wildlife found in the forest.

Through a series of organised events supported by our volunteer facilitators, such as guided walks and survey days, you will share your knowledge about what is discovered to visitors and record the findings.

We’d like you to

  • Have specialist knowledge in a forest / woodland species and be happy to support in surveying and sharing your knowledge with other volunteers
  • Hold the appropriate specialist licence / certification for species collection
  • Bring specialist equipment to help survey and share your knowledge with volunteers and visitors
  • Be keen to share your enthusiasm and identification skills

We will

  • Provide a volunteer induction prior to the event
  • Provide appropriate training, support and briefing on the day
  • Provide volunteer clothing as needed
  • Provide you with free vehicle admission on your volunteer day
  • Provide you with refreshments throughout the day

Volunteer Facilitator 

What's involved?

Working with our volunteer coordinator, ecology experts and the local forest team you will support us to engage visitors and other volunteers to collect valuable data and learn more about our amazing woods and forests.

You will welcome and guide visitors at Big Forest Find event days, supporting the local forest staff to set-up and take down event equipment as required, and support visitors to upload their exciting findings using the iNaturalist app.

We’d like you to

  • Be a natural communicator
  • Be reliable, patient and keen to share your enthusiasm
  • Help share Forestry England’s centenary message and information about the local forest
  • Be an ambassador for the Big Forest Find

We will

  • Provide a volunteer induction prior to the event
  • Provide appropriate training, support and briefing on the day
  • Provide volunteer clothing as needed
  • Provide you with free vehicle admission on your volunteer day
  • Provide you with refreshments throughout the day
Jane - Big Forest Find volunteer

Meet wildlife records expert Jane

Data Expert 

What's involved?

Working with our volunteer co-ordinator, ecology experts and the local forest team you will support us to input and collate the exciting data collected through our Big Forest Find events, iNaturalist and Forestry England's data systems, which will feed into local records offices and National Biodiversity Network.

We’d like you to

  • Enjoy analysing and collating data
  • Be IT proficient
  • Working in a small team or at home to process data against the clock!
  • Want to learn more about wildlife in your local woods and forest

We will

  • Provide a volunteer induction prior to the event
  • Provide appropriate training, support and briefing on the day
  • Provide you with computer access to process the data. 
  • Provide you with free vehicle admission on your volunteer day
  • Provide you with refreshments throughout the day

So you've found a role that sounds like it suits you?

Next steps:

  • choose your nearest forest below
  • download and complete our volunteer register your interest form noting the role you're interested in
  • send it to your local volunteer contact email address
Big Forest Find volunteers