About Us

BCV volunteers

Welcome to the new Bolton Conservation Volunteers website. BCV is a self-funding not-for-profit organisation based in Bolton, Lancashire and was established in May 1976 by a group of Bolton residents wanting to care for and maintain Bolton’s natural habitats and wildlife. BCV has since grown to be one of the oldest and most respected independent conservation groups in the country. Our work regularly takes us across Lancashire, Salford and Manchester providing practical assistance and advice to residents groups, schools and landowners wanting to help wildlife in their local environments.

Common Tern at Doffcocker Lodge

Our natural habitats and wild species are under increasing pressure from land use, pollution and our changing climate. The ecological connections between species locally, nationally and globally are complex and what affects a small part of our world also affects the world at large. By protecting our local environment we also protect our global future.

Conservation projects are costly and labour intensive, Groups such as BCV provide the much needed skills and manpower to allow community groups, schools and other organisations to achieve their goals of preserving the country’s biodiversity with the limited resources they have.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is fun, enjoyable, and interesting. You will learn new skills and ancient skills, you will get to visit places on your own doorstep that you didn’t know existed. It is also a good way of keeping fit and making friends with people who share a common interest.

Hedgehog at Eatock Lodge

We are an equal opportunities group with an established Code of Conduct and we welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. It costs nothing to join us and no experience is necessary as all training is provided on the day. We also have qualified first-aiders and a tools safety officer to ensure none of our volunteers come to harm. Please see our Task Calendar page for details of our planned work schedule.

Since 1986 BCV has been co-ordinated and organised by Rick Parker. Rick has won numerous awards over years for his work and has also contributed to text books and invited talk on radio shows, seminars, and training sessions. BCV is also a member of Bolton Forum for Greenspace and Bolton Green Umbrella.

What We Do

Bank erosion management
Bat & bird box building
Dam building
Dry stone walling
Dune restoration
Hedge planting
Pond creation and restoration

Reed bed planting
Invasives clearance
Scrub clearance
Tern raft building
Tree planting
Wetland management
Wildife gardens
Wild flower planting
Woodland management

Where We Do It

Anderton Conference Centre
Astley Moss SSSI
Barlow Park
Barrow Bridge
Belhouse Lodge
Belmont Reservoir
Belthorn Village
Blackleach Country Park
Bridge Street
Captains Clough
Chatsworth House
Chew Moor Meadows
Clifton Country Park
Clifton Moss
Coed Pen-Y-Maes Wood
Colliers Row Wood
Cowlees Pond
Cox Green Quarry SBI
Darcy Lever Gravel Pits
Deane Clough
Doffcocker Lodge LNR

Eatock Lodge LNR
Entwistle Reservoir
Ewood Park
Fanpits Cottages
Firwood Fold
Gait Barrows SSSI
Georges Wood
Gronant Dunes and Talacre Warren SSSI
Hart Common Church
Joan Meadow Wood
Jumbles Country Park
Kearsley Moss
Kirklees Park
Leg of Mutton Wood
Moses Gate Country Park
Moss Brook Farm
Nob End SSSI
Orrell Water Park
Ouzels Nest Quarry
Pennington Flash CP

Raikes Lane Clough,
Ravenden Clough
Red Moss SSSI
Rixton Clay Pits SSSI
Rivington Ornamental Gardens
Rumworth Lodge
Spring Meadow Woods
Seddon Fold Farm
Seven Acres Country Park
Smithills Estate
Turton Tower
Walker Fold Wood
Walmsley Unitarian Chapel
Wayoh Reservoir,
Wigan Flashes LNR
Wilton Quarry
Wilders Wood
Worsley Woods

Who We Do it With

Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire
Anne and David Welding
Barlow Institute
Bolton Council
British Mountaineering Council
Croal Irwell Ranger Service
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Darcy Lever Gravel Pits Action Group,
Deane Golf Club
Flintshire Countryside Service

Lostock and Chew Moor Residents’ Group
Red Lee Conservation Trust
Salford City Council
Unicorn Land Project
United Utilities,
Walmsley Unitarian Chapel
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,
Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
Woodland Trust.

Schools We Have Helped

Blackrod Primary School
Beaumont & St Bernards Schools
Canon Slade School
Clevelands Preparatory School
Eagley Junior School
Heathfield Primary School

Horwich Parish CE Primary School
Ladybridge Primary School
Rivington & Blackrod High School
St Michael’s Primary School
Turton & Edgworth CE Methodist Primary School
Washacre Primary School

Sorry if anyone has been missed out.