Main Activity:         

There are a number of regular and one off wildlife surveys volunteers help with on Exmoor, including otters, dormice, waxcap fungi, and some invasive species surveying.

Some surveys require a long term commitment to ensure continuity of data others can be undertaken over a few days.  If you are looking for very short term volunteering you may want to take a look at our wild watch pages where we have opportunities that can be done in just a few hours.



Sites all over Exmoor


Time Commitment:

Wildlife Survey volunteers can get involved with a number of different surveys.  Some require long term commitment for training and having continuous data, but other projects can be undertaken in a shorter time span.



The project is ongoing.


Skills/Ability needed

  • To have a genuine interest and love for Exmoor wildlife
  • A basic knowledge of wildlife and a willingness to learn.
  • Some projects require the ability to walk long distances on rough terrain and accurately navigate , but others can be completed with you car window wound down or sitting under a hedge after a short walk. 
  • Enjoy being outdoors
  • Most surveys require you to be able to input the survey results online or using smart phone/tablet apps, training specific to each survey will be given.


What you need to bring

Equipment will vary depending on the survey, but as a guide a smartphone or tablet for recording is useful but it can all be done on paper and later input on a desktop computer.

Outdoor clothes appropriate to the weather conditions.

binoculars can also be useful

digital camera (phone camera is fine)


What’s in it for you

To explore amazing parts of Exmoor and discover about the wildlife living there

Gain experience of wildlife surveying.

Free access to our training program


Further info/contact

 Patrick Watts-Mabbott - Volunteer and Outreach Officer

 Tel:  07973727469 or email:


What Next-

If you are interested in undertaking this role please sign up for the activities below. and a member of staff will be in contact to talk through the role in more detail.  Once fully signed up you'll be able to pick which events / surveys you are able to help with.

If you would like to have an informal chat first please contact as below.

Further info/contact- Name: Patrick Watts-Mabbott  Position: Volunteer and Outreach Officer    Tel: 07973727469      email: