Berkshire Conservation Volunteers (BeC) are a group of people who carry out voluntary environmental work on local nature reserves in Reading, Berkshire, & north Hampshire. This is valuable work that would otherwise probably not get done. The group was founded in 1975, and has been going ever since. We work for various landowners.
The work we do is varied, typically consisting of woodland type work during the winter (coppicing, scrub clearance, tree planting, hedge laying etc), with more varied work during the summer (path construction, hay making, pond clearance, fencing, dry stone walling etc.).
Tasks take place virtually every sunday of the year.
New volunteers are always welcome. No experience is necessary as our experienced volunteers are always willing to give any advice & training required. You are advised to wear old clothing, and stout boots or wellies (preferably with steel toecaps). Also bring waterproofs and a packed lunch.
To book for task, please contact the task-leader listed in the programme (If possible, by the Thursday before the task).
When you get to the site follow the red BeC arrows from the meeting point to the work site.
Whenever possible, please do let the task leader know you are planning to come on task. Occasionally task details change at short notice, and we can only let you know of changes if we know you are planning to attend the task. However we do always take enough tools for a few extras, so if you get the urge on Sunday morning, but haven't booked, you will still be made welcome.