Discover what kind of opportunities are available to get involved with coast and countryside teams and community groups.
There are a variety of roles available to help keep our countryside spaces, such as nature reserves, walking routes and picnic areas, clean and safe for everyone. All current opportunities and how to apply can be found on the Time2Volunteer website and searching for ERYC Countryside Access Team on the opportunities directory.
At present we have new volunteering opportunities for you to help look after the nature reserves. Be a Nature Reserve Volunteer at::
Coming soon: In due course more opportunities at Danes Dyke, Flamborough South landing, and Flamborough outer Headland will become available.
You can also join the community groups that take care of some sites. Discover more about the Friends groups at Oak Hill and Humber Bridge Country Park in the community volunteering section.
Roles vary depending on the skill set of individuals and the reserve. You can choose to do one or a mix of needed roles, which can include, but not limited to:
We are also offering opportunities to help manage, expand and improve our Walking the Riding directory of walks showcasing the best countryside walks this area has to offer.
We have opportunities to work on our countryside paths which form a key part of visits to our East Riding countryside.
We are looking for countryside path surveyors, and local people who can keep an eye on a few paths, volunteers for our National Trails like the Yorkshire Wolds Way and KCIII England Coast Path called National Trail Rangers.
In addition for those who are keen to try their hand at some practical work we have opportunities for countryside path wardens to undertake basic work on:
Join a group of volunteers interested in the wildlife of the nature reserve. The old quarry has chalk cliffs, ponds, woodland and meadows so there is plenty to do! All are welcome to join in with weekend conservation activities at the park, take part in watching wildlife, carry out surveys or come along to a workshop or talk.
Working in partnership with the East Riding and other private landowners to create a brand new green space on the edge of Goole. The site has a range of habitats with woodland, grassland, scrub and ponds and there is huge scope for helping with conservation tasks, surveys and helping other visitors enjoy the site. The group is often active on a weekend and anyone is welcome to join in.
Through summer and select dates in the year, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Active Coast team work with local groups to organise beach clean days. Check the What's On listings for when events are available.
Surfers Against Sewage Hornsea carry out beach cleans and can provide tools and bags for volunteers.
The MCS is a charity working for a cleaner, better-protected, healthier ocean, for everyone to enjoy. There are various ways to volunteer listed on their website.
There are various ways to volunteer locally with YWT from helping with events to wildlife surveys. A list of current opportunities can be found on their website.
There are various ways to support the RSPB listed on their website, from volunteering, fundraising, planting trees and more.
BDMLR medics are all volunteers who can become involved in the organisation as little or as much as they want. BDMLR provides ongoing training to ensure medics are as highly trained as possible.
Why should you volunteer for coast and countryside opportunities? Volunteering in the countryside can be a truly rewarding experience, offering a wealth of benefits for both yourself and the communities you're helping. By giving your time and energy in the countryside you are building personal and wellbeing skills, making an impact on your community as well as other advantages.
Remember, the specific benefits you'll experience will depend on the type of volunteering you choose and the local environment. However, one thing is for sure: volunteering in the countryside is a fantastic way to give back, learn new things, connect with nature, and make a positive impact on the world.
So, if you're looking for a rewarding and meaningful way to spend your time, consider volunteering in the coast and countryside. It could be the perfect escape you've been searching for!