Who We Are

COVID-19 outbreak: From 2021-08-09 all areas of Scotland have moved "beyond level 0" in the a strategic framework released on 2021-06-22. Most legal restrictions on our activities have ended and we have increased our minibus capacity to allow for more volunteers without their own transport to come on task.

Please look at the task list page to see the programme and the remaining requirements upon volunteers to help suppress the virus.

The Lothians Conservation Volunteers are a group of volunteers who do practical environmental conservation in Edinburgh and the Lothians nearly every Sunday of the year. The group was founded in 1970 and has been active in environmental conservation for almost 50 years.

Where it all began (Lothians
   Conservation Corps 1975-ish)

Where it all began (Lothians Conservation Corps 1975-ish)

Our charitable objectives are:

LCV works for a variety of clients for the benefit of the wildlife, environment and people of Scotland. We do about 600-700 days work each year, for about 12 clients across roughly 30 sites. Find out more about the type of work we do.

Our volunteers are of mixed age and gender. Many of us live in or around Edinburgh, with some travelling in from further afield. Our tasks are suitable for beginners and we provide all tools and training on site. LCV is also suitable for a range of commitment levels: volunteers can come on as many tasks as they like, or just sign up for the occasional task when they have time. Find out more about volunteering with LCV

The group is 100% run by volunteers. LCV is organised by a committee and volunteers are welcome to attend the monthly meetings and run for open committee positions. While tasks are overseen by LCV clients, they are led by volunteers. Volunteers who attend regularly can train to become task leaders.

How to Volunteer