BART offers opportunities to support our aims in very practical ways depending upon your experience and availability.

We pride ourselves on getting our feet wet, getting our hands dirty, and getting things done. We couldn’t do this without the help of our fantastic volunteers.

The easiest way you can volunteer is by becoming a BART Beacon. For other ways to get involved, please see the bottom of this page.


BART Beacons are our way of establishing a network of individuals and groups across the catchment who feed back news from their own area for the benefit of all.  BART Beacons is a non-commital form of volunteering and are our “eyes and ears” on the ground, letting us know of issues and opportunities when walking their local stretch(/es) of river or stream. In this way, we can monitor a far greater area of river than we could alone.
The map below shows the location of our Beacons to date – just click on a Beacon near you for their details. If you would like to register as a BART Beacon then please email our Project Officer George at
Riverfly training sessions

We will be offering a few Riverfly training courses this summer and if you feel you could be one of our  amazing volunteers helping to monitor your local area in this hugely successful national scheme then get in touch. You can find more information here.

Other ways to volunteer…

The volunteering opportunities that we have available at any one time depend on our projects and funding available.

Examples of ways you could volunteer with us include but are not limited to:

  • A range of computer based tasks from social media to mapping to graphic design
  • Fundraising
  • Walkover surveys
  • Practical river restoration and invasive species control
  • Sharing local knowledge and history of an area.
  • Drone piloting and filming work.
  • Maybe you just know of an area in need of our help!

There are no barriers to volunteering as anyone who has an interest in the river can make a valuable contribution. This calendar will be updated to show upcoming BART events. If you are interested in getting involved with any of these days, please contact

We would also be delighted to hear from you about general volunteering enquiries.

Corporate enrichment days

Our nature lead Corporate enrichment days get teams working outdoors, together for the good of our waterways.

Our team building experiences enable employees to build lasting connections with their colleagues, reconnect with themselves and make a positive difference to the world around them. Work with us and your whole company will feel the benefits – and our rivers will too.

Step out of the office. Embrace a new work day rewilding Bristol’s waterways.

We offer bespoke team building experiences which encourage your employees to grow together as they bring about meaningful change for Bristol’s rivers.

For more information please contact: