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We're on the look-out for enthusiastic volunteers wanting to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and help preserve the environment.


Would you like to volunteer and work with the Council's Countryside Service? Give yourself and others a boost, and receive full training and support from our ranger team.


There are a variety of voluntary jobs on offer, ranging from gardening, conservation, Public Rights of way and countryside maintenance. 


Opportunities are available at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village, Porthkerry Country Park, and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast on a regular or casual basis - so, you can fit your volunteering around your personal timetable.  


Volunteering can be a fun, rewarding and sociable experience, and many volunteer groups have been set up across the county.


If you would like to volunteer, please contact:



Cosmeston Wildlife Group


The newly founded Cosmeston Wildlife Group has been created to monitor the fauna and flora in the park. The group is made up of a number of enthusiastic adults dedicated to the wildlife in Cosmeston Country Park and Local Nature Reserve


The group is open to anyone with an interest in wildlife, ecology and conservation regardless of inexperience or lack of knowledge


Members meet every two weeks at 10.30am on Saturday mornings. Occasionally, they meet midweek or in the evenings, depending on the activity taking place. There is also the opportunity of training in the future.


If you are interested in coming along to a session please contact Sharon Mullins



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Porthkerry Wildlife Group

Porthkerry Wildlife Group is a group of adults dedicated to the wildlife in and around Porthkerry Country Park.


They meet once a month at 10.30am on Sunday mornings, when they spend a couple of hours in the park monitoring and recording fauna and flora in the park and the surrounding area.


Occasionally, they meet midweek or in the evenings, depending on the activity taking place.


You don't have to be a member of the group - you can just turn up at a meeting, introduce yourself and lend a hand.

Steve Hunt with shire horseWhy Volunteer?

Volunteering can be very rewarding. You can help maintain your local area, and meet like-minded residents.


Our volunteers have been recognised nationally for their hard work across the Vale. 


Steve Hunt, 70, recently won a Wales Volunteer of the Year award, and said:

"I enjoy spending time outdoors, and find volunteering really rewarding - especially seeing the changes to one of my favourite parks. I always try and get out to volunteer, no matter the weather, and work on clearing trees, installing new gates and creating new habitats for wildlife. 

"I would recommend volunteering to all, especially to anyone who enjoys being outdoors."