Hares at Elmley Nature Reserve

Friends of Elmley

The Friends of Elmley is a group for those who enjoy Elmley and wish to support our work.



Elmley Nature Reserve changes through the seasons. Each visit offers a new and exciting exciting experience, from watching the newly hatched lapwing chicks tentatively finding their feet in April, to the soaring Short Eared Owls in December.

For only £3.10 a month a subcription provides unlimited access for 12 months, allowing you to explore the Reserve throughout the year, making the most the seasonal changes.

We welcome families and are committed to encouraging a love of nature from a young age. Up to four children under 16 are included with each family membership.

Elmley Nature Reserve Brown Hare

What is included

  • Free yearly access during opening hours
  • Friends out of hours access on the first Thursday of each month & second Sunday
  • Become part of the Friends community on our WhatsApp Group
  • With Family Subscriptions – up to four under 16 are included
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Regular newsletter with latest nature updates, including sightings and photos, along with updates on conservation activity and Friends funded projects
  • Quarterly Friends only events – for each season
  • Exclusive benefits for Friends – including Friends only offers
  • Friends of Elmley will be the first to hear about new availability in the accommodation
  • When staying in any accommodation Friends of Elmley will receive a little treat.
Lapwings at Elmley Nature Reserve

Subscription options

All subscriptions are for 12 months.

£37.50 which is £3.10 per month)

£49 (which is £4.10 per month)
Two adults (16+) Both adults to be named on membership

£49 (which is £4.10 per month)
Two Adults (16+) & up to 4 children (0-15 years) Both adults to be named on membership

barn owl at Elmley Nature Reserve

How to Join

Joining is very simple, please just follow this link to complete the sign-up.

Payment can be made with a yearly recurring Direct Debit or a one off card payment.

All Subscriptions are for 12 months.

Or give the gift of membership, by booking here.

Volunteer at Elmley Nature Reserve


Volunteers are always welcome to help with conservation work, wardening, wildlife survey counts and maintenance of the visitor facilities. Our regular group of volunteers meet on a Monday. If you are unable to make a regular commitment we often hold one-off work parties, often at weekends.

We also offer residential volunteer placements, and are happy to host work experience placements and research projects.

Please contact friends@elmleynaturereserve.co.uk if you would like to get involved.