Friends of the Itchen Estuary

Friends of the Itchen Estuary

Aims – to be an advocacy, campaigning, and community engagement group for the Itchen Estuary’s natural value including its

1. biodiversity and ecology

2. value for mental and physical well-being

3. recreational value

4. carbon emissions mitigation value

5. capacity for urban cooling during our increasingly hot summers

6. Working and engaging with allied community, sports, recreational and nature groups.

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Facebook group

Sholing Valley study centre

From children's activities to lunch when you volunteer

Sholing Valley study centre

has it all! Plus it's right next to Miller's pond nature reserve

SO18 Big Local

The SO18 Big Local project are working to restore Townhill Park's local gems of nature - Frog's copse, Townhill park and Cutbush hidden pond - they also have plenty of community events to get you out and about!

Befriend a station

Three Rivers Rail are a wonderful organisation enabling community use of the rooms and spaces around train stations

Here in Southampton we have some active groups;

Friends of Bitterne Park Station -


Swaythling Station -

has a free food shop each Saturday morning and has a makeover by local artists

Three rivers rail can help you get started if you'd like to give your local station some love!


Befriend a Green space

There are loads of fantastic groups in the city befriending green spaces; here is a map:


You can also start your own group - top tips can be found here!

If you know a group you can't find on here please ask them to get in touch

Pollinating peartree

Join our friends in Peartree supporting wildlife in the area

Bitterne Park growing places

A fantastic transition Southampton project growing and sharing food in the community

Front Gardens plus St Denys


Making the front gardens and public spaces of St Denys greener and more attractive in order to improve air quality, the physical environment & enhance the sense of community.

Schools champions

We are looking for schools to become champions for the National Park city project - like the tough mudders at

Wordsworth primary school

Mount Pleasant junior school

is Southampton's first Wilder school - they have a gardening gang growing food, flowers and herbs, and are working on a nature zone project, as well as adopting a rhino to make a link with international conservation!

Bevois Town Primary School

was announced the winner of our hedgehog champions award for 2023.

Their fantastic work can be viewed here

We are Hedgehog Champions

From outdoor learning to food growing here are some ideas and resources from the wildlife trust

Home educated?

See our inspiring blogs from Southampton home education nature lovers in the blog section

Want to join others in education and get ideas?

Wild Citizens project

run an environmental education network who meet regularly in Southampton - you can get in touch to join the mailing list

We are also offering funded places for Southampton teachers on this course on an ongoing basis - please get in touch to request this or to request input from a team from Southampton University to come and teach your pupils for a hands on experience growing food