Conservation volunteers clearing Rhododendrons

Why do conservation work on Lundy?

The Field Society has been offering Conservation Breaks to Lundy since 1984. The work undertaken is vital to the welfare of the island and encouraged by the Landmark Trust who assist in these activities by providing free accommodation to those who go there to do such work. Effective conservation not only safeguards sensitive environments but can also help to enrich them. In addition, visitors to Lundy benefit greatly from the maintenance carried out by these dedicated conservationists. We are not the only organisation to do this kind of work. Other groups with an interest in conservation on Lundy also co-ordinate such parties. Overall, the combined efforts of these organisations and the Field Society amount to hundreds of man-hours of conservation work.

What do we do?

The work undertaken is a mixture of tasks that support Lundy's warden in protecting the ecology and natural beauty of Lundy. Some of the work revolves around the continuing eradication of the island's rhododendrons, to prevent them regrowing following clearance. Other work includes the more familiar blend of drystone walling, path maintenance, culvert clearance and a host of diverse conservation projects vital to preserving the distinctive environment that Lundy enjoys.

What should I expect?

You will need to make your own way to the departure port and will be expected to pay for your food, etc. whilst on Lundy - usually about £50.00. We recommend that you bring some hardwearing clothes and sturdy boots. Working hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm, starting on the day after your arrival and ending the day before your departure. There will be a day off to allow you time to explore and enjoy Lundy. The tasks are challenging but not without reward - ask anybody who has participated in a previous Conservation Break! Accommodation is provided free of charge by the Landmark Trust and the Field Society will pay your boat fare and, if necessary, any helicopter supplement.

How do I get on a Conservation Break?

Each year there is a choice of a number of Conservation Breaks - the dates of which are shown below. If you wish to join us please complete and return the form as soon as possible with a £10.00 deposit. This will be sent to your Conservation Break leader to help pay towards your food bill. (Please note that there is an additional charge of £50.00 for those who are not members of the Society).

It is advisable to book as early as possible as the Conservation Breaks are often very popular.

Are there age limits?

Regrettably, we are unable to accept children under the age of eighteen on Conservation Breaks.

When is the next one?

Up to 14 places in The Barn. Ship both ways. All places filled.

Up to 14 places in The Barn. Ship both ways. All places filled, mainly by volunteers denied the April 2020 Conservation Break by COVID-19 restrictions.

Up to 14 places in The Barn. Ship both ways. All places filled. Priority was given to volunteers denied the spring 2020 Conservation Breaks by COVID-19 restrictions.

What is the accommodation?

The Barn has a bunkhouse-style sleeping arrangement in two rooms with bedding and towels provided. Numbers will be limited by the accommodation available and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Depending on the numbers of male and female attendees it may not be possible to guarantee single-sex dormitories.

How can I book?

If you would like to book a place on one of the breaks, please in the first instance, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on the latest availability. If you are requested to then send an application form you can either print and send the PDF version of the form or save and edit the Word version and email it.

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