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Conservation volunteers in Bournemouth

If you enjoy the countryside and are concerned about the health of the environment, here's your chance to help. You’ll pick up valuable skills, keep fit and make new friends.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome and no experience is required. If you’re under 16 you’ll need to bring an adult along with you.

Tools are provided and the kind of work we do includes path clearing, tree planting and scrub clearing.

Volunteering in Bournemouth 

Conservation volunteers in Bournemouth meet:  

  • every Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm across the 11 North Bournemouth Countryside sites
  • every Tuesday morning, the Stour Valley Supporters group meet at Kingfisher Barn 9am to 1pm
  • on alternate Saturdays from October to March, the Redhill Conservation Group carry out practical work parties on their local nature reserve
  • every Thursday at Hengistbury Head
  • every Wednesday and occasional Saturdays at the Tropical Gardens.

Please email stour.valley@bcpcouncil.gov.uk for more information.

The main sites visited in Bournemouth are:

  • Stour Valley Nature Reserve
  • Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve
  • Kinson Common Nature Reserve
  • Turbary Common Nature Reserve
  • Millhams Mead Nature Reserve
  • Redhill Common Nature Reserve
  • Iford Meadows Nature Reserve.

Volunteering in Christchurch

Conservation volunteers in Christchurch meet on Tuesdays between 10am and 3pm and occasional weekends from 10:30am to 4:30pm. 

There’s usually a pause in activity during the bird nesting season and late summer, offering a full programme from September to May.

The location and nature of tasks will vary throughout the year, depending on where extra pairs of hands are needed.

Volunteers cover a large area from Chewton Bunny on the Dorset/Hampshire border to St Catherine’s Hill in Christchurch.

The main sites visited in Christchurch are: 

Grazing stock checkers

Work with our parks team as a volunteer livestock checker to care for the grazing animals that help us manage our land. 

If you live locally and often visit Stour Valley Nature Reserve, then we’d love to hear from you.  

We need people to help us keep an eye on our cattle and goats to make sure they’re fit and healthy. 

We’ll provide full training and support. All you have to do is just check the animals whenever you visit the area. 

If you’d like to get involved, email our stour.valley@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.