Woodland Therapy Project Assistant

Bouldnor Forest, Yarmouth
Hampshire, PO41 0AB
£20,738 (FTE ) gross pa - pro rata to 7 hours per week
Closing date:

We are looking for a Woodland Therapy Project Assistant on the Isle of Wight. We are seeking an experienced outdoor educator, with a passion for inspiring a lifelong connection to wildlife, and…

Administration & Facilities Assistant

Bouldnor Forest, Yarmouth
Hampshire, PO41 0AB
£17,000-£19,000 (FTE)
Closing date:

We are looking for an Administration & facilities assistant to Join our Isle of wight office. This is a hands- on role, working with a small, friendly and busy team of conservation and…

Welcome Volunteers

Blashford Lakes, Ellingham Drove, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PJ

To look after the practical aspects of opening, running and closing the welcome hut and to promote and enhance visitors’ enjoyment and understanding of wildlife, Blashford Lakes and the work of…

Unpaid education placement at Swanwick Lakes

Closing date:

Education Volunteering involves assisting with a variety of outdoor and environmental education activities, with children and adults of all ages.

Our Membership Recruiters

Our Membership Recruiters

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We work with a team of passionate and enthusiastic recruiters visiting venues and events around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, promoting the work of the Trust through information and displays, and inspiring people to join and support Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Our recruiters are employed by South West Wildlife Fundraising, who are wholly owned by eight Wildlife Trusts across the South and West (SWWFL) including Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The team are knowledgeable and informative, visit many venues and work to the highest fundraising and compliance standards. If someone is not interested in our work then they will fully respect this. SWWFL are members of the Institute of Fundraising.

Should you see one of the membership recruiters at a venue or event near you and are interested in supporting the work of the Trust, or talking more about what we do, please do stop and talk to them. Our members and supporters really do make the difference in helping us protect wildlife and wild places across our two counties.

Meet our team of Membership Recruiters

Secrets of the Solent survey

Secrets of the Solent survey

Secrets of the Solent is a four-year Heritage Lottery-funded project which is celebrating the amazing people and wildlife that share the Solent's waters.

By taking this survey, you'll help build a picture of the relationship between the two and keep our Solent special for many years to come.

Your answers to this survey are completely anonymous and we estimate that it'll take around five minutes to complete.

What is your gender?
What is your age?
Which of these animals live in the Solent? (choose one or more)
What is the greatest threat to the Solent's marine life? (choose one)
Why is the Solent important? (choose one or more)
How would you describe the Solent's seabed? (choose one)
How confident are you that the Solent is worth protecting, e.g. through Marine Protected Areas? (choose one)
To help us when planning our activities, which of these would you like to learn more about? (choose one or more)

Education Volunteers Swanwick Lakes (6 month placement)

Swanwick Lakes, Sopwith Way, Swanwick, Swanwick, SO31 7AY
Duration: -

Education Volunteering involves assisting with a variety of outdoor and environmental education activities, with children and adults of all ages.

Marine Champions

Marine Champions

Becoming a Marine Champion or Marine Ambassador is a great way to support Secrets of the Solent in greater depth, while also gaining valuable knowledge and skills. We have a number of roles available, with something to suit all interests.

As a volunteer on the project, you'll join a community of dedicated people who share your love for the Solent. What's more, you'll play a vital role in protecting our amazing local marine wildlife for many years to come.

You don't need any special knowledge or experience to take on these roles, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You'll receive full training and support from the project team, as well as informative resources to help you inspire others.

You can change role at any time, and even choose more than one. For example, you might share your wildlife knowledge as a Ferry Safaris Marine Champion and also raise aware of conservation issues as a Marine Ambassador at your workplace.

Not sure which role is right for you? Want to chat about another way you can support the project? Contact us on secretsofthesolent@hiwwt.org.uk.

"I couldn’t resist the opportunity to get out and do what I love most: rockpooling and introducing children and young adults to the wonders of our local marine environment. I hope to instill in them the same passion that I have for the wealth of wildlife on our doorstep."
Erica, Marine Champion

Explore the roles

There are several different roles available, allowing you to find the best fit for your interests. Why not explore the different roles and see which suits you?

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists © T Standish

Aged 13-17 and love wildlife? Young Naturalists is a monthly meet-up for anyone with an interest in the natural world. If you want to get outdoors, gain practical skills, and help protect our wonderful wildlife, then we’d love to meet you.

At our meet-ups, you’ll learn how to identify different species, manage a range of habitats, and perfect various bushcraft skills. You’ll also hear talks from local wildlife experts and find out what it’s like to work in conservation.

Together we’ll explore our base of operations, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, and visit other conservation sites further afield. As we share our interests, you'll have the chance to try out and develop other skills like wildlife photography.

So if you're looking to learn new things, meet new people, and have a bit of an adventure, why not come along and see what you discover?

Young Naturalists is funded by the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

How to get here

There are several ways to reach Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, including by public transport. If you're having trouble getting to us please get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

What to bring

  1. Clothing and footwear suitable for being outdoors and the weather on the day.
  2. A packed lunch and a bottle of water in a rucksack that can be carried.
  3. A completed parental consent form if you’re new to Young Naturalists – parents and guardians might want to read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement.
  4. £4 suggested donation - cash only please! We ask for a little more for overnight camps and residential trips.

How to book

We usually meet on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 2.30pm, at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve.

If you want to come along, please book in advance by contacting Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk.

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Find out when we're next meeting up - you can find all upcoming dates here.


Hear what we've been up to - you can find all of our blog posts here.

Vine House Farm Bird Foods

Vine House Farm Bird Foods

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Twice as good!

When buying your bird food and bird feeding accessories from Vine House Farm Bird Foods, you are not only caring for the wild birds in your garden, but also looking after the wildlife and wild places where you live as every sale generates funding for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  

So it's twice as good for wildlife!

Five Reasons to purchase from Vine House Farm Bird Foods

  1. Vine House Farm Bird Foods give 4% of every purchase in your area to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  If you're a new customer, Vine House Farm Bird Foods will also give an extra £10 to the Trust! 
  2. Most of the seed mixes are grown on this conservation award winning farm where wildlife thrives.
  3. All prices include delivery direct from the farm, with no hidden charges and next day delivery (so no worries about having to carry it home from the shop). 
  4. Large range of bird food, feeders, nest boxes and accessories.
  5. Excellent, friendly customer service with great information and advice about feeding garden birds.

Commitment to The Wildlife Trusts

To date, the partnership between Vine House Farm Bird Foods and The Wildlife Trusts has raised  an amazing £1.25 million, including almost £ 50 thousand for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Buy bird food and accessories direct from Vine House Farm Bird Foods and help to raise even more funds to support wildlife and wild places where you live. 

Buy Bird Food

About Vine House Farm Bird Foods

The Wildlife Trusts' enduring partnership with Vine House Farm Bird Foods has inspired and enabled people to look after the wildlife in their garden for over ten years. Feeding wild bird seed from Vine House Farm Bird Foods, home grown on their wildlife friendly farm in Lincolnshire, has enabled tens of thousands of people to experience the joy of wildlife in their gardens whilst supporting wildlife and wild places close to where they live.

Every purchase raises money for their local Wildlife Trust. In ten years, the partnership has raised over £1.25m; an unprecedented level of support for a charity from a small family business which enables us to help many more people experience the joy of wildlife.

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How to feed birds in your garden

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Blue tit © Nicholas Watts, Vine House Farm Bird Food

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How to identify garden birds

Coal Tit © Bob Coyle

Wildlife gardening

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Wildlife gardening © Tom Marshall

Support Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Help raise funds for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and support wildlife and wild places where you live. Buy your bird food and accessories direct from Vine House Farm Bird Foods.

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