Worthys Conservation Volunteers

"Our Local Natural Environment .. for Life"

Kings Worthy Headbourne Worthy Abbots Worthy Martyr Worthy


About Worthys Conservation Volunteers

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 members of all ages, and have numerous friends and other contacts who support our endeavours.

Here is our constitution.

What we do

Weundertake conservationworkin 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 environmentand wildlife habitats. We install benches,create vistas,and carry out more general conservation work on ourfootpaths; wehelp protect and enhance our wildlife habitats bycreating insect-friendly meadows,managingour streams, anderectingbird & bat boxes; and wecarry outnature surveys of butterflies and wildflowers.  Our work is carried out on local footpaths, churchyards, schools and other public areas.

Have a look at our projects 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, and other smaller sites - click on the map below to see an enlarged image.

Projects map (362KB)

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 and gloves.  Volunteers must adhere to safety practices at all times.  Parents or guardians are asked to take charge of their children.

Why our work is important

By clearing some overgrown areas, we encourage biodiversity;

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 benches;

by restoring and maintaining footpaths and putting up information boards, we improve access to the countryside;

in clearing pillboxes and the disused railway bridges and station platform, we help preserve the value of our heritage;

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 Kings Worthy Parish Council Hampshire Countryside Service (Hampshire County Council) who have kindly provided us funds, tools and equipment as well as general support.

How can I join?

It costs nothing to join - it is absolutely free! - choose whether you want to be an active member or just subscribe to our emailing list.  Email, Facebook, together with this web site, are our preferred methods for distributing information.  For information on joining please contact us.

Do I need to be trained or have experience?

No 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 coordinator.

Does the group have insurance cover?

Yes, the group is insured - details can be provided on request.  All injuries and/or accidents will be reported tin the group's first-aid log.

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 contact us.

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.

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