Team Wilder is helping fight for nature’s recovery, but more people are needed to tip the balance

One year on from the publication of its ambitious plan for nature’s recovery, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched a new animation celebrating the difference that local people can make as part of Team Wilder.

Team Wilder Animation ©  HIWWT/Al Boardman

The animation was created by local animator and motion designer, Al Boardman, who generously donated his time and skills to produce this short film.  The voiceover was provided by Hampshire resident Megan McCubbin, who recently presented Springwatch and founded the Self Isolating Bird Club with Chris Packham. 

Last October, The Wildlife Trust set out the bold aim for this decade - to secure at least 30% of land and sea for wildlife, reduce the pressure on the environment everywhere else and encourage 1 in 4 people to take action for wildlife.  The Trust’s innovative Team Wilder programme provides support, training and advice for those keen to do more to help nature where they live, work or go to school. 

Hannah Terrey, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said:  “We have been blown away by the passion and enthusiasm of those already involved with Team Wilder.  This has been a tough year and certainly not the one we imagined when we launched our 10 year plan but, despite the challenges, hundreds of local people have stepped forward to take action in their own homes and gardens, in their communities and online.   

“We’ve seen fantastic ideas, like ‘nature swaps’, ‘wild streets’ and dozens of wilder communities being formed. People have also come together to share what they’ve been doing and learning, in turn inspiring others to join in. 

“Together we are all working to tip the balance in favour of nature’s recovery.  Each small action - whether it’s planting for pollinators, turning your bin shelter into a mini wildflower meadow, or campaigning for better policies and laws – it all adds up and helps create the change we need for both people and wildlife.  I hope that this wonderful film inspires even more people to be part of Team Wilder and be part of a much brighter, wilder year to come!”