Become a countryside volunteer

Volunteering: Coronavirus update

We are working to get our brilliant team of volunteers back out and helping to maintain our countryside and parks.
In line with government guidance we will be asking you to follow the safe system of working we put in place at all tasks to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus for yourself, fellow volunteers, staff and the public.
This will involve following current directions from the government, maintaining social distancing and following strict hygiene procedures as set out for each task.

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?

We have now (autumn 2021) started to invite our existing volunteers back onto site but we are currently not accepting new volunteers at this time, however once we have all settled back in, we are looking forward to inviting new volunteers to join us in the coming months. 

If you would like to register your interest and be put on a waiting list to register as a volunteer or have any other queries please email us at 

Volunteering at Itchen Valley Country Park and around the 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.)

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 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.