Who we are
We are a small group of local enthusiasts who care for the wildlife
and natural environment in the place where we live. We were
formed in April 2004 with the help of British Trust for Conservation
Volunteers (BTCV). We have
20 plus members, of all ages, and have numerous friends and other
contacts who support our endeavours.
Here is our
What we do
conservation work in and around the villages of
Kings Worthy, Headbourne Worthy, Abbots Worthy and Martyr Worthy
in Hampshire that together
forms The Worthys, from which we derive our name.
Our aim is to improve the local natural environment and wildlife
habitats. We install benches, create vistas, and carry out more general
conservation work on our footpaths; we help protect and enhance our wildlife habitats by creating
insect-friendly meadows, managing our streams, and erecting bird & bat
boxes; and we carry out nature surveys of butterflies and wildflowers. Our work is carried out on
local footpaths, churchyards, schools and other public areas.
Have a look at our
to get an idea of the things we do... And we are always on the
lookout for new sites and varied work.
Where we work
Our conservation sites are: the
Dismantled Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (DNSR) line, now
a public right of way (Footpath 501/502), Worthy Down Halt Station,
St Swithuns Church habitat, Kings Worthy Primary School, Nuns Walk,
and other smaller sites - click on the map below to see an enlarged
The work takes us to diverse
habitats including woodland, chalk downland and river meadows, with a mixture of
flora, wildlife and uses.
When we meet
Our task are held monthly on the third
Saturday or Sunday of each month at a pre-announced venue. Anyone
can volunteer, but we would ask you to attend promptly for the task
and safety briefing. Volunteers are also asked to wear tough
footwear and suitable clothing, and bring their own refreshments;
we supply tools, gloves and hard-hats. Volunteers must adhere
to safety practices at all times. Parents or guardians are asked to take
charge of their children - if a child 16 or under wishes to attend
on their own you must contact us
beforehand. Dogs are allowed!
We also regular meetings usually at the Meeting Room, Tubbs Hall
Community Centre, Fraser Road, Kings Worthy, where we discuss
projects, tasks and activities, training, and general group
matters. All are welcome! Tea, coffee and biscuits are
Please see our
events programme for details of upcoming tasks, meetings and other events.
Why our work is important
By clearing some overgrown areas, we
we encourage wildlife with our nest
boxes and improved habitats;
we hope we inspire people to enjoy the
scenery in our villages by creating viewpoints and installing
by restoring and maintaining footpaths
and putting up information boards, we improve access to the
in clearing pillboxes and the disused
railway bridges and station platform, we help preserve the value of
in surveying wildflower areas and
wildlife, and giving guided walks, we provide evidence of the state
of and improvements to our natural environment; and
through raising awareness of the
importance of conservation, we learn new skills and gain knowledge,
and enjoy ourselves, make new friends and keep fit in the process.
Who supports us
We are supported by local and national organisations, including
Kings Worthy Parish Council,
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Hampshire Paths Partnership (HPP), and
who have kindly provided us funds, tools and equipment as well as general
Hampshire Wildlife Trust (HWT)
also provide invaluable advise and guidance on some of our projects. We are also registered with
BBC Breathing Places,
The Woodland Trust, and
The Big Tidy Up.
How can I join?
It costs nothing to join
us - it is absolutely free! - choose whether
you want to be an active member or
just subscribe to our emailing list. Email, together with this web
site, is our preferred method for distributing information, but we can
of course keep you informed via traditional post.
Do I need to be trained or
previous experience is necessary and you only need do what is
comfortable. For those hardened conservationists who wish to take
on more challenging roles, then specialist training can be taken
through BTCV. A variety of courses are run, including leadership,
first aid, risk assessment, tool management, coppicing, hedge laying,
pond management, etc. The group regularly informs members of
future courses as notified by BTCV. However, if you want to
attend a course then you need to make your own arrangements.
If you have difficulty in paying for a course then please speak to the
Does the group have
Yes, the group is insured through BTCV - details can be provided
request. All injuries and/or accidents will be
reported to the group's First-Aid Officer.
If I know of a site or
wildlife in need of conserving, how can I help?
If you know of a wildlife habitat or
species, or just a community area or public footpath, or even an
historical relic, that needs conserving, then we would
be delighted if you would contact us.
This can be a public or private area, large or small, so long as there
are clear benefits to the wildlife and/or community then we would be
interested. We can devise new improvement and enhancement
schemes, or we are happy just to assist in an existing scheme.
We are also keen to participate in, or help
to organise, recorded wildlife and habitat surveys, so if you are running such a survey and need help then please
As a voluntary group we do not charge
private land owners for
making improvements, however we would ask for a small donation to cover additional
or worn out tools and equipment.