Become a countryside volunteer

Suspension of all Volunteering (Update 18 March)

With the rapidly developing situation regarding Coronavirus, the Council has taken the decision today to suspend volunteer tasks on Eastleigh Borough Council sites until further notice.

We would like to thank you for all of your much valued time and effort with helping us manage our nature reserves to date. It is very much appreciated by all of us here at Eastleigh Borough Council.

We’ll be in contact when we are able to resume volunteering activities again.

We do hope you stay fit and healthy, and we look forward seeing you again in the future.


Find out about volunteering with us

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. If you don’t want to do practical work, you could help out with our wildlife surveys like the weekly butterfly transect which start every April.

You must complete registration and notify us of your attendance prior to coming along to a Countryside Volunteer event


Want to volunteer?

Please contact Joe Josef.Hrastelj@eastleigh.gov.uk, if you have any queries

Volunteering at Itchen Valley Country Park and around the Eastleigh Borough

  • Tasks are advertised in the newsletter that is published every three months 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.)

Volunteering at Lakeside Country Park 

  • A practical task is organised by a Countryside Officer every Wednesday morning at Lakeside Country Park.

Volunteering at Lakeside is so popular we have been at capacity for some time, we are currently operating a waiting list, but we cannot guarantee when a space may become available.


Volunteering at 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 day will run from 10am - 3pm with breaks for tea and lunch. (Please bring a packed lunch with you.)
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.