Please note that the Field Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19.
Some of the activities below have been postponed until we can open again.
Please email info@sbbot.org.uk to enquire about volunteering opportunities at SBBO.


The Field Centre is run by volunteers seven days a week. Our team provides vital assistance in many areas, and we are always pleased to welcome new faces to our group – even if you can only spare a few hours on a regular basis, please do get in touch.

Similarly, the work of the Observatory has always relied on the goodwill of volunteer birders, coming in and helping with censuses, surveys and ringing.

Volunteers at the Conservation Fair
Volunteers for the Open Day

We are looking for help in the following areas…

Field Centre volunteers:

Meeting and greeting the public, staffing the shop and helping with the general running of the Field Centre. Help is needed 7 days a week. Often the first faces to new visitors, the shop volunteers are incredibly important in spreading our objectives, providing up-to-date news on recent sightings, and being a friendly interface for prospective members.

Shop volunteers
Shop volunteers

Conservation volunteers:

Help us maintain and protect a broad range of habitats on our Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Based at the Field Centre, we are responsible for Wildlife Reserves ranging from Duneland, Wetland and Woodland, most with public access, and all for study, education and pleasure.

SBBOT Conservation Team meets regularly twice a week for a 9 a.m. start, to tackle seasonal work, from scrub clearance and grass cutting to fencing and path maintenance. Lots to do, lots to see, lots of fun! If you are interested please get in touch at info@sbbot.org.uk for details.

Due to the nature of the work we request that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by a guardian or other responsible adult when working with the conservation team.

  • Brush cutting in the Oasis

  • Tea Break

  • Getting Loaded Up

  • Clearing in the Whitehouse

  • Clash of the Lawnmowers

  • Fire site

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Volunteer birders:

Assisting with daily census and survey work. Please enter all records of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, flora and all other fauna in our logs in the Field Centre… or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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We have an equal opportunities policy and a policy for safe guarding children and adults at risk which you can access by clicking HERE.