Conservation and wildlife events
Conservation work parties
Many of the borough’s local conservation groups have regular practical work parties, undertaking a wide variety of habitat management, wildlife surveying and park maintenance work. To find out more about groups near you, visit our conservation groups page. For the latest dates for all the groups’ work parties and wildlife events please visit our conservation and wildlife events timetable page.
Love Parks Week
Love Parks Week is an annual week-long celebration of parks and green spaces, recognising their importance to local people, the hard work that goes in to maintaining and protecting them and celebrating community involvement. The campaign is run by Keep Britain Tidy, who are responsible for the Green Flag Award and The Great British Spring Clean.
Each year, a programme of free and low-cost activities in July offers people of all ages a wide variety of ways to play, explore, exercise and relax in the borough’s green spaces. The success of the campaign would not be possible without the support of partner organisations who deliver activities alongside the council during Love Parks Week. Numerous community groups and volunteers also help run and support events across Basingstoke and Deane’s open spaces as part of the campaign. A detailed programme of activities planned within the borough can be found on the Love Parks Week webpage during June and July every year.
Great British Spring Clean
Every spring, Keep Britain Tidy run the Great British Spring Clean, calling on #LitterHeroes, to take action to improve the environment on their doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign. They aim to inspire people from around the country to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.
The council supports The Great British Spring Clean by helping local residents and businesses to run their own community litter picks during the campaign. For further information and how to organise your own event, please download our guide ‘How to organise a community litter pick in council parks and open spaces’.
Loddon Rivers Week
Loddon Rivers Week is coordinated by the Loddon Catchment Partnership and South East Rivers Trust. It is a week-long campaign at the end of September, full of hands-on activities and events to encourage local residents to find out more about the River Loddon, how it is managed and the wildlife that lives there. The week encompasses World Rivers Day; a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.
Every few years, the council works in partnership with local wildlife and land management organisations and conservation volunteer groups to organise a Bioblitz; a snapshot of the variety of life found in a specific location. Wildlife experts and the wider public work together, usually over a 24 hour period, to find and identify as many species of plants, animals and fungi as possible.
BioBlitzes can be carried out anywhere there is wildlife, including urban areas such as parks, cemeteries and canals. The records collected during a BioBlitz form part of a genuine scientific survey of the area. Bat walks, bug hunts, pond dipping and dawn chorus walks are just some examples of the activities people can get involved with; a fun and informal way for people of all ages to learn alongside experts and share and develop their enthusiasm for nature.