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Operation Wallacea has been leading a series of biological and conservation management research programmes in remote locations across the world for over 25 years. In the last two years we have worked extremely hard to develop and offer as many opportunities as we can to help volunteers get involved in conservation. Opwall has now introduced a series of UK-based training courses at the Knepp Estate, Britain’s premier rewilding site.

The field courses help position volunteers favourably on the career ladder, providing them with practical fieldwork experience and opportunities to develop core skills looked for by employees. Some of the fieldwork includes pollination surveys and how to quantify bird and mammal populations, skills which can be used in land management careers. Others, such as UK Hab mapping and calculating the biodiversity value of a site, will open up opportunities for planning authorities and developers. Participants gain a first-hand insight into scientific research, from data collection using a range of survey techniques, through to data analysis and writing a scientific report.

Opwall works directly with a network of over 200 academics, who are all specialists in various aspects of biodiversity or social and economic studies. This is what makes the opportunities with Opwall stand out from other volunteer organisations as you can personally work with and learn from this amazing network of people. During our UK-based training courses, you will work alongside professional scientists, field biologists, film makers etc., exposing you to the various career opportunities available.

If you want to find out more about our UK-based courses, as well as the other opportunities we offer, then head over to our website or send us an email at

We also offer a series of free webinars so head over to to sign up now!

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About Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites (mainly biodiversity hotspots) worldwide (, helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research.

Our network of academics and researchers separate Opwall from other volunteer organisations, allowing a truly research orientated project, and our volunteer funded model allows the volunteers who join us to take part in long-term projects covering large bio-geographical scales that can incorporate more than one ecosystem. You can find out more about peoples experiences and our projects at the Opwall Blog.

In the last two years we have also worked extremely hard to develop and offer as many opportunities as we can to help volunteers get involved in conservation. We have introduced a number of European sites including two projects in the UK which focus on rewilding and developing skills for a career in UK conservation, and for those students looking to develop their skills at home we now offer virtual internships in skills such as introductions to R coding, wildlife photography, science and geography and project management.

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