Wildlife conservation

The borough has a fantastic variety of habitats such as numerous ancient woodlands, areas of calcareous grassland and iconic chalk rivers that support a wealth of wildlife. We are lucky enough to have species such as the dormouse, natterer's bat, Dartford warblers, white-letter hairstreak butterflies and large populations of great crested newts right on our doorstep.

Species such as these are under threat on both a local and global scale from the effects of habitat loss, climate change and poor management amongst others. There are ways in which we can all help to reduce these pressures - through conservation and conservation volunteering, see below for some ideas.

Volunteering with a local conservation group

Volunteers are an integral part of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council activities and the time, experience, knowledge and skills that they offer in support of our work is highly valued.

If you enjoy the countryside, want to keep fit, want to meet new people and get out in the open air and learn new skills, then conservation volunteering could be for you.

We have lots of groups that work across the borough of Basingstoke and Deane, to find out more about the ones near you, take a look at our conservation groups webpage. You don’t have to have any previous practical experience, plenty of people are on hand to teach you the ropes and you can also get involved in other ways by helping out at events, helping with social media and marketing amongst other things.

Find out more about the benefits of volunteering

Employee or corporate volunteering

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer with your colleagues? Does your organisation give you a number of volunteering days a year? Employee corporate or volunteering is a great way to develop new staff skills and teamwork, improve group moral and company reputation whilst making a huge difference to the local environment.

Most of the habitat management activities that we are able to offer fall between the months of October and March to avoid bird-nesting season. Whilst we will try to find a suitable project to match needs, due to the nature of the work and seasonal restrictions this will not always be possible.

If you are interested in employee or corporate volunteering then please contact us at wildlifeconservation@basingstoke.gov.uk.

You can also contact other organisations:

Natural Basingstoke

Do you care about your local wildlife? Are you interested in starting a conservation group in your local area? Would you like to inspire people to get outdoors, get fit and work together to help your local wildlife thrive?

Natural Basingstoke is a nature conservation association covering Basingstoke and Deane. Working in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Natural Basingstoke is here to support groups or individuals wishing to start their own conservation group.

We also have existing groups that manage a wide range of habitats that always welcome new members. If you have a passion for wildlife you have the opportunity to do something in a small area that can make a big difference. Contact info@naturalbasingstoke.org.uk for more details - we are here to help!

Read our leaflet 'Looking after the wildlife on the doorstep' for more information.

Young people

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust offers a junior membership. Wildlife Watch & Tots are for families and young people that want to get out and about and be more involved with nature. This can be through local watch groups that run nature based activity events, using the fun and informative website or by collecting the Wildlife Watch Awards! For more information take a look at the Wildlife Watch & Tots webpages.

The Trust offers a variety of work experience placements across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which are offered to young people in full-time education and people looking to make a career move into the environment or conservation sector. Opportunities vary from short two week experiences to six month voluntary placements. For current opportunities visit the work experience webpages on the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website.

Wildlife gardening

If you are thinking of giving your garden a makeover, then why not plant nectar rich flowers or native trees that will look attractive and provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds and mammals? You could even create a small pond to encourage dragonflies and damselflies and provide a home for toads, frogs and newts. Planting trees such as rowan or hawthorn will attract interesting birds to your garden during cold winter months. To find out more visit the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website.

Wildlife recording

If you spot any interesting wildlife in the borough please help us to monitor how a particular species is fairing and assist in its conservation by submitting a record. You can send your record to either Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) or Living Record - an easy to use online recording system for regular recorders.

When you send in a record you’ll need to include the following information:

  • your name
  • the date of your observation
  • the precise location (include a postcode and also a grid reference if possible, e.g. SU123456)
  • the species seen (use the scientific name if known)
  • any additional details such as quantity, alive/dead, adult/juvenile, will also be useful.

Visitor Survey

Complete our Parks and Green Spaces Visitor Survey to let us know what you think about our parks and green spaces. Your views on our parks and green spaces are important to us and will help to inform how we manage these spaces in the future.

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