Neroche Conservation Volunteers (NCV) is a friendly,informal group which works on a variety of wildlife sites in the northern Blackdown Hills to improve habitats and access for the public. Formed in 2007 as part of the Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme, the group has worked on land belonging to the Forestry Commission, Blackdown Hills Trust, Butterfly Conservation and Somerset Wildlife Trust.

We have recently celebrated our 10th anniversary and the group has amassed over 2,500 volunteer days, making a big positive impact on many special places, clearing scrub, coppicing, cutting bracken, pulling up invasive balsam, maintaining paths and mending fences. On many of these sites, access is only feasible on foot and could not be achieved without NCV’s input.

NCV volunteers also make a big contribution to Young Wood community woodland near Staple Fitzpaine, home of Neroche Woodlanders, building shelters, gathering firewood and helping support learning groups of vulnerable adults and families. 

NCV is supported and coordinated by Neroche Woodlanders, the social enterprise based at Young Wood.