Monthly volunteering days

Derwent River Watchers 

These days take place throughout the Derwent catchment area and include a wide range of activities. Meet us at our offices in Keswick and we’ll travel to the day’s site.

Wasdale Wednesdays 

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at locations throughout the River Irt catchment area, where we do a wide range of conservation tasks to improve the habitat and water quality. Our friendly group of regular volunteers will make you feel welcome. 

Wasdale Wednesdays are run in partnership with the National Trust. 

Water sampling

We need volunteers to help sample Cumbrian becks to help us solve river water quality and farming-related pollution problems. 

This project is run by Josh, a PhD student at Lancaster University working with the Trust, who needs one person per month to help him with river sampling on becks in the River Ellen catchment.

Requirements: Wellies, waterproofs and some packed lunch. Ability to clamber over fences a must!

Contact Josh on  j.gittins1@lancaster.ac.uk for more information.

Join our Toad Patrol

Every year, volunteers nationwide go out at night to help amphibians (frogs, toads and newts) on their spring migration cross busy roads. We need volunteers for West Cumbria Rivers Trust’s toad patrols on the A591 near Keswick.

Data from the different toad patrols is collected by citizen science project Toads on Roads, coordinated by charity Froglife. If you know of roads where animals are being run over, you can add it to their crossing site map (note: reporting a site doesn’t mean it will be patrolled).

Tell us about your local rivers and streams

Could you be our eyes and ears on the river? We need to understand the current condition of our rivers and streams so we can prioritise our work. 

You can help by filling in a simple survey about a stream or river near you:

Fill in one form per kilometre, or less if the characteristics of the river and surrounding land use change.


Corporate team-building 

Why not organise an environmental leave day for your company? It’s a great team-builder and your staff will be smiling inside and out knowing they’ve done their bit for the environment. Contact Philippa on philippa@westcumbriariverstrust.org for more information.

Join our mailing list to hear about the latest opportunities

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. There is plenty to do from surveying rivers for invasive species to helping out at events and developing promotional material. Volunteering with us is a great way to learn about our work and enjoy the local countryside while doing your bit for the environment.

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