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Volunteering Holidays

Taking the opportunity to go on a voluntary holiday can be a massively rewarding experience that truly gives something back to the world.

With an ever-increasing range of volunteer holidays available across the world, it can be hard to know which are actually providing a valuable service to the natural world or the communities in which volunteering takes place. Organisations such as the International Volunteer Programs Association offer advice to would be volunteers and helps to distinguish genuinely beneficial volunteering breaks from those that are not.

Volunteering covers a huge range of areas, and you can really do your part to help the environment, be it conserving dolphins in Greece or simply learning about how to go green in Wales, whilst enjoying wonderful scenery - and maybe making new friends along the way.

Featured below we list a selection of great volunteering holidays, all accessible by train and ferry.

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Durlston Country Park, Dorset

Clifftop Conservation at Durlston Castle

A spectacular clifftop location at Durlston Castle and comfortable barn convertion accommodation are the setting for this holiday surveying small mammals and restoring traditional landscape features in one of Dorset's great country parks.

£695 all inclusive - no single supplement

Seven days
Saturday 17th September 2016
Bank vole sitting on hands

Suffolk Coast Spring - Wildlife Conservation and Research

A four day wildlife conservation and research holiday in Suffolk. Small mammal and beach survey and species mapping at Minsmere and Dunwich reserves with RSPB and the National Trust. Comfortable individual accommodation with fine food and company.

£495 all inclusive - no single supplement

Four days
Friday 29th April 2016
Dorset's Wildflower Meadows

Conserving Dorset's Wildflower Meadows

A stunning barn conversion is our home for this wildlife conservation holiday in the heart of West Dorset. We're surveying small mammals, looking for bats and moths,and helping Dorset Wildlife Trust on its nature reserves in an all inclusive holiday.

£550 all inclusive - no single supplement

Five days
Monday 25th - Friday 29th July 2016
Porthallow beach, Cornwall

Cornwall's Coves and Beaches

This four night holiday takes us to some of the most beautiful beaches of Cornwall. Staying in very comfortable, new apartments, we will be spending the days along the seashore looking for seashells and studying the things that the sea washes up.

£550 all inclusive - no single supplement

Five days
Saturday 6th August 2016
Suffolk beach (image credit T Pick)

Wildlife Research and Conservation: Red Deer Rut

Wildlife conservation and research holiday in Suffolk. Red deer rut and small mammal survey at Minsmere and Dunwich nature reserves with RSPB and the National Trust. Comfortable individual accommodation with fine food and great company.

£795 all inclusive holiday - no extra for solo travellers

7 days
Sunday 9th October 2016
Jurassic Coast Heathland Wildlife

Jurassic Coast Heathland Wildlife, Dorset

Staying in a beautifully converted 19th century barn with twin bed en-suite rooms we will be taking in the sea view each morning as we head out to survey amphibian, reptile and small mammal populations on Dorset's famous heathlands.

£695 all inclusive - no single supplement

Seven days
Saturday 10th September 2016
Orfordness Lighthouse

Suffolk Coastal Wildlife Conservation and Research

Wildlife survey and conservation on RSPB and National Trust nature reserves at Suffolk Coast Havergate island and Orford Ness. A great way to spend some time by the sea. Comfortable individual accommodation with fine food and great company!

£850 all inclusive - no single supplement

7 days
Saturday 24th September 2016
Norfolk Spring Wildlife

Norfolk Spring Wildlife

Surveying nest boxes at Pensthorpe, the former home of Springwatch, and helping the work of the Hawk and Owl trust this Spring short break is a true taste of Norfolk. With fine food and accommodation at the historic West Lexham estate.

£550 all includive - no single supplement

Five days
Monday 18th - Friday 22nd April 2016
Autumn Wildlife in Dorset

Autumn Wildlife in Dorset

Powerstock Common nature reserve is a wonderful and remote place of woodland and meadows in the muddy heart of West Dorset. Fuelled by fine food, and from our comfortable barn convertion base we're helping preserve this rare and delicate habitat.

£550 all inclusive - no single supplement

Five days
Monday 17th October 2016

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