Become a Countryside Volunteer
Places available on the Invasive Species Task Force
- places will be advertised as and when they become available.
If you love wildlife, being outdoors and are the type of person who longs to be messy in the mud, then being an Eastleigh Countryside Volunteer could be for you.
There are so many benefits to becoming a Countryside Volunteer. It can be a lovely way to make new friends, learn new skills and above all - it's great fun!
Our habitat management work is carried out in the winter and includes: coppicing in our beautiful woodland nature reserve; scrub bashing on our meadows and wetlands; cutting and burning non-native invasive plants and much more.
In the summer we focus on infrastructure projects such as repairing benches, fence lines and gravel paths.
You must complete registration and notify us of your attendance prior to coming along to a Countryside Volunteer event
Countryside Volunteer tasks
Invasive Species Task Force
The Task Force will be back in action spring 2023
- Practical task days pulling up the invasive non-native plant Himalayan Balsam at locations along the River Itchen and the Monks Brook.
- Locations will vary and you must book onto the task events in advance.
- You can attend any dates and locations which suit you – you don’t have to attend them all! If you want to join us for a few hours, you are more than welcome to do so.
PLACES FULL - Hiltingbury Lakes
- A practical task is organised by a Countryside Officer every *Thursday morning at Hiltingbury Lakes.
- The team will meet at the southern corner of Lake Road, SO53 1EZ.
- The task will run from 10am - 1pm.
- All tools, gloves and protective equipment will be provided. Please wear outdoor shoes - trainers are fine.
*On the second Thursday of the month volunteer days will move to our nearby Hocombe Mead Local Nature Reserve to work alongside the Friends of Hocombe Mead on their task days.
PLACES FULL - Itchen Valley Country Park and around Eastleigh Borough
- Tasks are advertised via email and are carried out on a number of sites in the Borough - usually on the third Sunday of each month (any changes will be notified in the newsletter or by email).
- 10am start, finish between 3pm and 4pm (depending on the job), with a break for tea, coffee and biscuits, and a lunch break around 12.30pm. You are welcome to come for all or part of a day. (The only exception being when tasks are at Itchen Valley Country Park when volunteers are welcome to meet at the Woodland Café between 09:30 and 10am for tea or coffee and a chat before work starts.)
PLACES FULL - Lakeside Country Park
- A practical task is organised by a Countryside Officer every Wednesday morning at Lakeside Country Park.