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Froglife is a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on. In Peterborough, volunteers can help at three different nature reserves.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Being out in nature can be a good boost for your wellbeing.
  • Being active and in a social group can help you feel good.
  • Volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and achievement.

“It’s nice getting out and doing something beneficial for nature with like-minded people. The reserve is private and volunteering is the only way to access it, so it feels even more special being there.”

Watch a video about volunteering on one of the nature reserves:

Froglife is a national wildlife conservation charity concerned with the conservation of the UK’s reptile and amphibian species and their associated habitats. Currently Froglife manages three nature reserves on behalf of the landowners near Peterborough.

The Boardwalks and Thorpe Meadows Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in the heart of Peterborough. It lies along the north side of the River Nene close to Peterborough’s city centre and has a network of ponds, meadows and woodland. You can download the site’s map and activity sheet for children here.

Eye Green Nature Reserve is a picturesque lake, fringed by reeds and bushes. Originally the site was part of the Northam Brickworks and was declared a nature reserve in 1996. Fed by natural springs, the lake was formed when the pit filled with water after it became disused. It’s now an excellent habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Find out more on this page.

Hampton Nature Reserve is a 300 acre private site which lies to the south of Peterborough on former brick clay workings in the area. Over the years grasses and sparse scrub have grown up and 320 ponds have formed. Wildlife includes great crested newts, slow worms, grass snakes, dragonflies and butterflies. The ponds are rich with invertebrates and a great variety of birds can be seen around the area. Due to the presence of protected species, the site is legally protected as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Natura 2000 site, and as such is a private site closed to the public. However, they do have weekly volunteer working parties there, and an annual community day open to the public each summer. Find out more on their website.

Volunteer working groups 

These meet regularly. Tasks include:

  • Scrub clearance
  • Creating egg-laying sites for grass snakes
  • Pond management
  • Species surveying (birds, butterflies, water voles, amphibians and reptiles)

For details, please contact [email protected]


Froglife also run the Peterborough Green Pathways for youth.

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Where to go

Hampton Nature Reserve
Nature's Way

Boardwalks Nature Reserve

Eye Green Nature Reserve
Pershore Way

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