Exmoor National Park Authority - Get Involved

Getting Involved on Exmoor is important

We rely on volunteers to get involved and undertake valuable work from practical countryside management, wildlife surveying and controlling invasive species to inputting data and helping in a public facing roles in our National Park Centers and at public events delivering family activities.

Volunteers compliment our staff effort and help to increase the amount we can achieve together.

Take a look at our volunteer opportunities below, if you are interested in anything then fill out the application or contact the person listed against that activity.  For more general enquirers contact getinvolved@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

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Exmoor Non Native Invasive Species ENNIS

Main Activity           

There are three main areas of work to choose from in this role.

  • Invasive plant surveying, using digital devices to record the locations of easily identifiable invasive plants namely: Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Skunk Cabbage and Montbretia / Crocosmia.  This can be done on an adhoc basis by reporting a sighting online to report a single location you have found, or sign up to take part in more structured surveys.
  • Crayfish control project, meeting every Tuesday in Withypool.  We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 half days over the year (more is welcome), checking traps in the river tagging and monitoring movement of crayfish around the river system.
  • Crayfish presence survey, placing and checking crayfish traps in predetermined locations along the little Exe, Haddeo and Lyn river systems.  Minimum 1 day a week commitment for at least a month.

Once signed up we’ll contact you to discuss which part/s suit you best.



Throughout the National park but with a particular focus on the river systems, but also away from them for invasive plants.


Time Commitment




The project is funded for two years but there will hopefully be a carry on effect with some volunteers continuing after the end of the project.


Skills/Ability needed

Ability to walk along paths and traverse rough ground.  Sometimes working in or near shallow rivers.


What you need to bring

A mobile phone or tablet is useful for vegetation monitoring, but not essential.   Sturdy boots, warm clothes, lunch.


What’s in it for you

To explore some of the most beautiful areas of Exmoor many of which are not routinely in public access.  On the job training and access to a free wildlife training days.


Further info/contact


Patrick Watts-Mabbott

Exmoor National Park Authority

Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL


01398 322665


Activity Shifts Start End
Crayfish Survey training 1 6/25/2019 6/25/2019
Invasive Plant survey training 1 7/2/2019 7/2/2019

Other Volunteer Roles

See below for different areas of work that volunteers can get involved with.

Click on the links for more details and fill out an application form or sign up.  A member of staff will then be in touch to discuss in more detail.

Activity Shifts Start End
Ashcombe Gardens Volunteer - Simonsbath 1
Exmoor Non-Native Invasive Species Project (ENNIS) 1 4/1/2019 10/31/2019
Geocache Trail Guardian 1
Historic Signpost Refurbishment Volunteers 1
Outdoor Events Support Assistants 1
Simonsbath Mire Volunteers 6 7/8/2019 12/9/2019

Wildlife Survey Volunteer - Dormice Surveying

Help survey Exmoor for the presence of dormice.  Take part in Nest box surveys as well as nut hunts and and foot print surveys.

Activity Shifts Start End
Exmoor Wide Dormouse Survey 8 6/22/2019 6/29/2019