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You can do loads towards helping nature conservation whilst enjoying the natural world. The obvious choice is to volunteer in a conservation programme, if you can spare the time -see our page on gap years for longer term opportunities. Even if you do not directly do conservation work you can help by booking your stay through an organisation that is directly engaged in supporting conservation.

If you have less time then short breaks and weekend volunteering can be done through the many wildlife trusts in the UK -find a local trust through wildlifetrusts.org.

If you have a skill in diving then see our page on sub-aqua.

Search by conservation of
turtles, amphibians and reptiles
butterflies and insects
marine conservation and cetaceans
habitat restoration and protection -marshlands, wetlands, forests, coastal habitats, lakes and rivers, reefs

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UK Conservation Breaks

  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust -http://www.durrell.org

    Volunteer at Gerald Durrell's conservation trust in Jersey or take one of their organised tours to places as far apart as Madagascar or the Galapagos Islands.

  • Field Studies Council -run interesting family residential holidays from their field centres throughout the UK, offering wildlife and discovery, creative and active courses. Locations range from the Scottish highlands to the South Devon coast. The courses are designed for the whole family to take part in, with outdoor exercise and the opportunity to learn about the natual world.

  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust http://www.hwt.org.uk

    wide range of events, courses and activities, plus wildlife reserves including Blashford, Swanwick and Testwood Lakes. Courses from half a day upwards.

  • Marine Discovery -http://www.marinediscovery.co.uk
    Based in Penzance, they run sea safaris in search of seals, seabirds, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks along the stunning Cornish coastline.

  • Sea Trust http://www.seatrust.org.uk

    The marine arm of South wales Wildlife Trust, devoted to conservation of dolphins, porpoises and other marine life -offer holiday courses in cetacean observation in UK and Europe.

  • Sussex Wildlfe Trust http://www.sussexwt.org.uk

    The leading conservation group for East and West Sussex, they also organise wildlife holidays through their holiday company Wildlife-holidays.co.uk -all air travel is offset through climate care.

  • Walking and Wildlife Holidays http://www.wildlifeholiday.com

    Relaxed, friendly holidays exploring the wildlife of Europe from Orkney to Slovenia in small groups.

  • WildlifeTrusts.org http://www.wildlifetrusts.org

    The body representing the 47 wildlfie trusts in the UK, they are the largest voluntary conservation group in the country dedicated to conserving habitats and species. Find local trusts in your area by map.

Wildlife Safari and Conservation Holidays

  • Africa in Focus -http://www.africa-in-focus.com
    Family-run, specialist overland photographic tour operator, providing a high degree of comfort and unique facilities for keen photographers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Back on Track Safaris -http://www.backontracksafari.com
    Wildlife safari in South Africa, with safari tours in the company of world renowned zoologist and game ranger Gerrie Camacho
  • Ecovolunteer http://www.ecovolunteer.org.uk

    Nice simply laid out site -the starting point is to select the type of wildlife you want to work with using a drop down menu, or alternatively you can select by location.
  • Greenforce -http://www.greenforce.org
    Not for profit adventure specialists offering wildlfe conservation projects around the world from one to twelve months ranging from marine conservation in the bahamas to humanitarian work in Nepal and Tibet.
  • BookinAfrica -http://www.bookinafrica.com
    Travel to Africa with the African safari specialists. BookInAfrica provides travel arrangements for tours to South Africa and African safaris to south and east Africa.
  • Naturetrek http://www.naturetrek.co.uk

    Large selection of escorted wildlife holidays and tours, including birdwatching and botanical tours, whale, bear and tiger watching holidays and a range of wildlife-orientated treks, conservation tours and expedition cruises from Scotland to South America.
  • Interface Travele -http://www.interfacetravel.com
    Exclusive south african fours and safaris -their specialities are tours by restored Edwardian train and air tours using restored old airliners such as a 1944 DC3 Dakota.
  • Tararu Sanctuary -http://www.tararuvalley.org
    A New Zealand based, volunteer run environmental reserve., set in several thousand acres of beautiful rainforest by the sea, in the Coromandel Peninsula, 1.5 hours from Auckland, New Zealand. The Sanctuary is an International Centre of Environmental Education and Action, and works work to encourage the community to participate in activities that restore native forest ecology and increase sustainability.
  • Steppes Discovery -www.steppesdiscovery.co.uk
    As an award winning conservation travel company offering wildlife and wilderness holidays they pioneered responsible travel, with unique partnerships with some of world's leading conservation organisations. Over the years they have supported many significant conservation programmes inclusing Tusk Trust, Rain Forest Concern, Galapagos Conservation Trust and Scott Polar Research.
  • Tribes -http://www.tribes.co.uk
    An award-winning Fair Trade Travel company, and one of the pioneers of responsible travel -organise African safaris and Galapagos Islands cruises.
  • Worldwide Travel -http://www.worldwidetraveldirect.com
    Safari holidays and tours including Kenya safaris and combined safari beach holidays.
  • Wildlife Worldwide -http://www.wildlifeworldwide.com
    Safari trips for wildlife and wilderness enthusiasts throughout the world.
  • World Primate Safaris -http://www.worldprimatesafaris.com
    specialist primate safari company providing eco friendly safaris to see primates including gorillas, lemurs, chimpanzees, and orangutans. A donation from each safari sold goes towards the conservation and preservation of the endangered primates in the destination of choice.
  • World Wildlife Fund -http://www.wwf.org.uk
    The world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation, working in more than 90 countries; loads of information on the key conservation issues of the moment.

Marine Conservation

  • Blue Ventures -http://www.blueventures.org
    an award winning not-for-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating projects and expeditions that enhance global marine conservation and research.
  • Galapagos Conservation Trust -http://www.gct.org
    UK based charitable organisation whose purpose is to promote knowledge of the Galapagos Islands and to raise funds for the conservation of the islands.-they do not offer tours themselves but can put you in touch with local operators.


  • Andean Birding -http://www.andeanbirding.com
    Specialist birdwatching tours in the Ecuadorean Andes and Amazon.
  • Birdlife International -http://www.birdlife.net
    BirdLife International is a global alliance of conservation organisations working together for the world's birds and people
  • Exotic Birding Tours -http://www.exoticbirding.com
    Small-group birding tours led by master guides to Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Ecuador, and Trinidad for people who enjoy birds and want more than just a listing trip.
  • Fatbirder -http://www.fatbirder.com
    huge resource on birdwatching worldwide.
  • Gibbons Ornithological -http://www.gobird.com
    offers consultation services, schedules nature tours, and conducts surveys. Owned by Wildlife Ecologist Richard Gibbons, the company is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and operates throughout the Americas.
  • NatureTrek -http://www.naturetrek.co.uk
    specialist organisers of birdwatching and botanical tours
  • Neblina Forest -http://www.neblinaforest.com
    birdwatching tours in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Brazil.
  • TropicEco -http://www.tropiceco.com
    Ecological adventure tours in Ecuador.

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