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Welcome to HCV

We are out most weekends, working on a wide variety of sites in Hampshire which are valuable for wildlife and public access to it.

In the spring and summer our tasks often involve the construction or maintenance of paths, boardwalks and fences, while autumn is traditionally the time for maintenance of ponds and water meadows. Autumn and winter months see the management of woodlands, heathland and downland by coppicing, hedgelaying and scrub-bashing, usually with a roaring bonfire.

The majority of our work is for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Hampshire County Council, local councils and various charities. We work for a few private owners who are dedicated to looking after sites for their nature conservation value.


New volunteers are always welcome and no previous experience is required. Before work starts, training is given in the safe use of tools and any potential hazards are explained. Experienced volunteers will explain and demonstrate work techniques.
We do our best to arrange transport for you if required.

Please come along and give it a try, there is no need to become a member first.
If you want to come out regularly, please look at our membership page for details of the advantages of joining up.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

We regularly have DofE participants on tasks, so there is no problem in joining in. You will need to be with a responsible adult until you are 16. Please keep an eye on our programme and come to tasks which are most convenient to get to.


Future Events Our programme of tasks and social activities.

Recent Tasks Photos of work we've been doing.

Past social events Some pictures of social and publicity happenings.

Essentials Please read this before coming out.

Details More about how we operate.


Our Work What we do and why we do it.

Sites A list of sites we have worked at recently.

Publicity events Where to find our gazebo, display boards and how to get an embroidered polo shirt.


We hope that these web pages will give you a good idea of what we get up to. If you have any queries which you can't find the answer to, one of these members will be pleased to assist :

  • Karen Minett : 01256 211271
  • Mark Dakin : 01252 547508
  • Jenny Wedick : 01329 314617

To come on a task, please book on with
Karen Minett on 01256 211271, unless shown otherwise in our programmme.

For general enquiries, e-mail Alan Thurbon (mail@hcv.org.uk)

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