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We are currently looking for volunteers to Meet and Greet our visitors at High Lodge with infectious enthusiasm about the forest and all the facilities we offer on site. The volunteers will actively promote the work the Friends of Thetford Forest carry out in the area and encourage support through Friends membership. Additionally, Meet and Greet volunteers will champion the High Lodge Discovery pass and all its benefits.  For more information about this opportunity contact High Lodge on 0300 067 44 00 or

Conservation Volunteer

The Conservation Volunteers meet up on the third Sunday of each month and carry out hands on practical tasks across the forest making it a better place for wildlife.

Lynford Arboretum Group

The Lynford Arboretum Group carries out practical horticultural tasks in the Arboretum helping to nurture and improve the shrub layer.

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 Thetford Improved Mountain Biking EnviRonment run regular build days to maintain, develop and improve the cycling trails within Thetford Forest.

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For further details regarding any of these volunteering opportunities, please contact High Lodge on 0300 067 44 00 or email                         

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The People’s History of Thetford Forest, Wildlife Recorders of Tormorrow and The Wings Over the Brecks projects are being delivered as part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery fund. To find out more about the scheme and other projects being delivered by our partners visit

The People’s History of Thetford Forest Project

This Forestry Commission project aims to seek out the people who have lived and worked in the Forest, employed in a variety of roles and allied trades. The project will record their stories, memories, knowledge and experience alongside those in equivalent roles today, to compare changes in working practices and conditions. The Project needs volunteers to be trained in oral history interviewing, editing and typing up recordings and in cataloguing archival materials, to help create an oral history archive documenting the history of Thetford Forest.

If you would like to be involved, please get in touch.  Whether you have memories to share or you’d like to volunteer for the project, we’d love to hear from you. For more information please click here.

Contact Vicky Tustian


Wings over the Brecks

The Wings over the Brecks project, taking place at High Lodge, is providing unique nest camera footage of some of the amazing wildlife found in Thetford Forest.

This footage is being shown in the High Lodge Cafe and the RSPB need enthusiastic people to bring this footage to life.  We’ll also be running a programme of exciting events to promote the project.

You can help for a day or a couple of hours, it’s up to you!

If you are interested contact the RSPB on 01842 753732 or  

Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow

The Brecks is an important area for wildlife both in a UK and international context.  However, many of the species records come from a few well recorded designated sites, with recording often done on an ad hoc basis. This means that it is often difficult to detect changes in the biodiversity of the area. There is, therefore, a need for wider recording of the Brecks area and a structured programme of species surveillance and monitoring.

Led by the Norfolk Biological Information Service (NBIS), this project will establish a network of volunteers recording wildlife throughout the BNG area. It will operate at 3 levels:

Beginner: provide training and encouragement to those new to recording wildlife.
Species surveillance: help people take the next step into more serious recording of sites. This will allow a number of important sites in the Brecks to be monitored and will also help to ensure sustainable long-term monitoring of sites where work is taking place as part of other BNG projects. Data collected will feed into the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network.
River corridor survey – Little Ouse headwaters to Brandon: A survey of the Little Ouse river, from its headwaters at Redgrave and Lopham Fens to Brandon. This is the only major river in Norfolk which has not yet been fully surveyed for non-native species and this type of survey is well suited to volunteers.

All data collected will be entered online to an existing recording system developed by NBIS for the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network and will be made available for use via local records centres and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) gateway. 

Contact Sam Neal                                                                                Biodiversity Officer, NBIS. 

Email Phone 01603 638027.

Last updated: 25th September 2017

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