Projects and partnerships

Projects and partnerships

© Ian Cameron-Reid

Nature knows no boundaries and there are many people and organisations who want to make a difference.

It's only by working with partners across our two counties that we'll be able to save wildlife now and into the future.

Our current projects

Here's a selection of the projects we're currently working on for wildlife and people across our two counties:

Catchment Sensitive Farming

Tractor in field

© Clive Chatters

We are giving valuable environmental advice and support to farmers, and have helped 80 farmers to access grant aid packages, which have contributed more than £7 million to the Island’s rural economy.

Together we're improving the Island’s countryside for wildlife and future management of our natural resources in the light of climate change, water poverty and food production.

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Coastal Birds

Black-tailed godwit

© Amy Lewis

We have initiated a Solent Waders and Brent Goose Strategy, working in partnership with other conservation organisations and local councils. The first comprehensive survey was done in 2002. Since then it's been updated and expanded to include the whole of the Solent, including the northern coastline of the Isle of Wight. Through a programme of long-term surveying and mapping, over 15,000 records from 1,000 different sites across the Solent have helped us locate the key places that these bird populations need to thrive.

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Conservation Grazing

Cows at Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve © Ian Cameron-Reid

© Ian Cameron-Reid

In the past, land would have been grazed by wild animals, or through traditional farming and commoning practices. Nowadays, conservation grazing animals are used to replicate this traditional method of land management because mixed farming has become less frequent and much of our land has been fragmented up by human development.

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Down to the Coast

Land at IoW Donkey Sanctuary, restored as part of Down to the Coast

© Lianne de Mello

We're working with partners in the Down to the Coast landscape partnership project to conserve and celebrate what makes the East Wight a fantastic place to live and enjoy nature. Our projects include restoring wetlands on the Eastern Yar, running a Woodland Apprentices scheme, and helping families and schools discover wild play on the island's coasts

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Heathlands Reunited

Dartford Warbler on gorse

© Geoff Jones

We've joined forces with partners to expand and connect the existing 1% of heathland left in the national park. This will create wildlife corridors forming an area of heathland greater than 1,200 football pitches by the end of the five year project.

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Marsh fritillary project

First marsh fritillary to emerge in May 2016

© Sue Clarke

The last marsh fritillary butterfly disappeared from north Hampshire's meadows in 1996, but an exciting new partnership is working to return the species to its former haunts.

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My Wild Neighbourhood

Wildlife gardening © Tom Marshall

Wildlife gardening © Tom Marshall

Go wild! Discover nature in your community with Southern Co-op and your Wildlife Trust. Whether you live in the heart of a city or down a country lane – there’s always new wildlife experiences waiting to be discovered right on your doorstep.

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New Forest Non-Native Plants Project

Himalyan Balsam © Ashley Basil

© Ashley Basil

The New Forest is a crucial area for wildlife but it is threatened by invasive non-native plants. These plants were introduced to UK gardens as ornamentals or as oxygenators in garden ponds but they have 'jumped the garden fence' and invaded the countryside. They grow vigorously, spread rapidly and elbow-out our native wildflowers which provide important food and nectar for invertebrates.

Our ongoing efforts, often supported by volunteers, are helping to control the spread of these vigorous invaders and protect habitats for native plants and wildlife.

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Nightingale Recovery Project

Nightingale singing

© Chris Gomersall - 2020VISION

We're joining forces with our partners to try and halt the decline of the common nightingale in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Together we're organising volunteers to carry out surveys in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight during the nightingale’s breeding season to find out where the birds are nesting and which areas need protection.

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Our Past Our Future

New Forest landscape

© Peter Emery

We're working with ten other partners to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest. This includes our New Forest Non Natives Plant Project and biodiversity monitoring by our ecology team, to measure how wildlife is being helped by the partnership's work.

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Secrets of the Solent

We have an amazing opportunity to keep our Solent wild and wonderful for years to come - with your help! We'll be creating citizen science projects, promoting local sustainable seafood and building a team of 'marine champions' to pass on their passion for our wildlife to their communities.

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Solent Seagrass project

Seahorse in seagrass

© Julie Hatcher

We're working to survey where seagrass exists now and where it is no longer present, meaning we are better able to understand the threats this precious habitat faces, and get new protections in place to help it thrive.

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Southern Chalkstreams Project

Release of juvenile crayfish

© Jen Nightingale (Bristol Zoological Society)

Working in partnership with the Environment Agency, Bristol Zoological Society, Sparsholt College and Natural England, this Vitacress Conservation Trust funded project is focussed on threatened chalk river species, with particularly the white-clawed crayfish.

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Watercress & Winterbournes

Bridge on the upper Test near Laverstoke

© Ali Morse

A new £3.6m project celebrating and protecting the headwaters of the Test and Itchen rivers is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

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Woodland Therapy

Touching a tree © Matthew Roberts

Touching a tree © Matthew Roberts

Woodland Therapy project seeks to use the natural environment to promote mental health and well-being using the Forest School approach.

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Young Naturalists

A monthly conservation group for teenagers, 13-17 years old, to take part in practical conservation tasks, develop bushcraft skills and help with species surveys.

Sessions are run in small supervised groups and will include a variety of different activities, such as:

Practical conservation and habitat management
Improving and expanding identification skills
Species surveys and monitoring
Trips to visit other nature conservation sites
Learning from local wildlife experts
Improving other skills,  like wildlife photography

This project has been made possible with generous funding support from Cameron Bespolka Trust.

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