Wilder Communities

Wilder Communities

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Together with our neighbours, families and friends, we can create wilder communities for nature's recovery.

Not only are wildlife-rich patches in urban environments vital stepping stones within the nature network, but they bring so many benefits to our health, wellbeing and joy.

Parks, allotments, school grounds and community spaces can all offer something for nature, and many of you have been getting together to make changes for wildlife in your villages, towns and cities.

No one knows your local community better than you, so we're here to help you connect with and be inspired by others making a difference in theirs.

Volunteer and and child at Miltons Locks nature reserve

Learn from other Wilder Communities

There are so many people and groups in our two counties, who have first hand experience of the opportunities, challenges and joy of organising wildlife activities in their neighbourhoods.

Whether you'd like to know more about adopting and looking after a hedgerow, how to get together with neighbours to install swift boxes and create a colony, or working with your local school to set up a wild area - there are brilliant people out there who've already done it and can share their experience.

Join our Wilder Communities Facebook group


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Case study

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Useful resources

As well learning from other community groups, here are some useful resources to inspire and help you get involved


Get involved

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our work. Whether it's sharing your enthusiasm for wildlife, getting stuck in caring for our nature reserves,  or checking in on our livestock, we always welcome new volunteers to help local wildlife.

Find out more

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Tell us your story

If you have a great story of how your community has made a difference for wildlife, drop us an email with your story so that we can share it to inspire others

Share your story


A Wilder Future

Wildlife is in trouble - but we depend on it, and we depend on us. We are at a critical time to protect nature, for now, and for the future. Together let's change the natural world for the better.

Act now

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Wildlife Investment Fund

Today, you can be part of a very special Wildlife Investment Fund for Hampshire

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A Fund of £25,000 could unlock £250,000 to benefit Hampshire’s wildlife over the coming years

Government support is diminishing in many areas and competition for grant funding is fierce. Even when we are offered funds, there can be one last hurdle to jump. An additional contribution is often required to unlock these grants – usually an extra 10%.

If we cannot prove we can produce the funds needed, the offer is taken off the table.

Through the wonderful generosity of Trust members and supporters like you, we have often been able to scrape together matched funds when an opportunity has arisen.  However, lots of individual appeals cost more money and we do run the risk of missing out on significant funding if our contribution cannot be raised in time. 
To make sure Hampshire’s wildlife never misses out, we are launching our Wildlife Investment Fund.


Make a donation to the Wildlife Investment Fund for Hampshire


We can grow your gift tenfold - and deliver a huge amount more for wildlife

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We need to be ready to grasp any opportunities as quickly as possible. This is where our Wildlife Investment Fund will be invaluable - enabling us to accept time-limited offers, unlock large-scale funding and quickly invest it in nature conservation across the county.

We are committed to transforming the fortunes of wildlife and this is why we are asking you to make a donation to help establish a special Wildlife Investment Fund for Hampshire. This will mean we can seek and seize opportunities to make more space for nature and ensure Hampshire’s wildlife will never miss out. 

We will be developing a similar fund for the Isle of Wight later this year.

How grants make a difference to nature

The work we undertake on the ground is vital for the survival of many of our most precious species. The land we look after is some of the best for wildlife in Hampshire and makes up the essential building blocks for nature’s recovery. 

St Clair's Meadow nature reserve

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In 2017 a Biffa Award grant of £333,000 allowed the Trust to purchase St Clair’s meadow

This amazing new nature reserve is home to a rich variety of wildlife. During the summer kingfishers can be seen flying over the river and if you look carefully you can spot signs of the resident water voles and otters. Beautiful clouds of demoiselles and butterflies adorn the meadow, while migratory swallows and swifts sweep across the skies above. 

Lapwing at Blashford Lakes nature reserve

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Veolia Environmental Trust & Leader awarded grants totalling £270,000 to Blashford Lakes

Blashford Lakes nature reserve is one of our oldest and most beautiful nature reserves. The unique mix of habitats is home to a range of wildlife and is a favourite with bird watchers.

The grants have allowed us to install a whole range of new facilities at the site including new seats and signage, a new bird hide, a wildlife sculpture trail, a new wildlife webcam system and new pond.

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Our Secrets of the Solent project is funded by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £640,300

Over the next four years this project will celebrate our extraordinary waters, the amazing people and wildlife that share them, and encourage inspiring work to safeguard their future. 

Membership Sales Fundraiser

Hampshire, Across the county
Salary guaranteed £10 per hour (av £12.50 to £16.50 p/h) with potential for £20 per hour
Closing date:

Looking for a new Challenge in your life? Are you a natural people person? Do you have previous sales, face to face or customer service experience?
Would you love to have a job with…

Wildlife Gardening Award Application

Please fill in the form below to enter the Trust's Wildlife Gardening Award Scheme. 

Which of the following FOOD criteria does your garden have? You must have at least 2 of the features listed, with a total of 10 for all four categories. 
Which of the following WATER criteria does your garden have? You must have at least 2 of the features listed, with a total of 10 for all four categories. 
Which of the following SHELTER criteria does your garden have? You must have at least 2 of the features listed, with a total of 10 for all four categories.
Which of the following SUSTAINABILITY criteria does your garden have? You must have at least 2 of the features listed, with a total of 10 for all four categories.

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May we use your photo for publicity purposes? (Your name will be credited)

Are you a member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust?

Downland Reserve Volunteers

Hampshire Downs, (including Broughton Down, Noar Hill, Coulters Dean, Chappetts Copse and Shutt’s Copse)

We need volunteers to help us on our nature reserves and other land we manage.

Wilder Events

Wilder Campaign Events

Get involved in our campaign for a Wilder future for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by coming to one of our events.

Whether you're a land-owner, developer, community champion, teacher, parent, or farmer, we believe everyone has a part to play in making our countryside and seas a Wilder place. Why not join one of our events to hear from people making it happen, and share your views and experiences?

Wilder Campaign Events

More on our Wilder campaign

Wilder Hampshire & Isle of Wight discussion paper, Autumn 2018

A Wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight

We're starting a debate on what a wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight looks like, and how we can all help make it happen. Together we can tip the balance in favour of nature's recovery.

Read more

Unpaid Winchester Volunteer Placement (5 months)

Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8DX
Duration: -

This volunteer role would suit anyone who is keen to share their enthusiasm for wildlife and the outdoors. You will need to enjoy working with children and being outdoors in all weathers. A DBS…

Trainee Ecologist

Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Hampshire, SO32 2DP
£9.00 per hour 28 hours per week over 4 days.
Closing date:

We have a fixed term opportunity for a Trainee Ecologist for six months, starting in May 2019 . This position is for 4 days per week. We are looking for individuals keen to enter a career in…