Become a Wilder Champion

What is your role in Team Wilder?

© Ian Cameron-Reid

Team Wilder and Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 situation, several of the Trust's operations have ceased, but Team Wilder is still running! We have focused our attentions on creating more online content and helping people to connect with nature from their homes. By hosting our training sessions online, you can still become a Wilder Champion or Leader from home, so that when the lockdown is lifted, you'll be set to go.

Email wilder@hiwwt.org.uk for more information

Information about Wilder Leaders and Champions

Our plan to create a wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight cannot happen without grassroots support and activism. For the momentum to build, we need people to take the lead and champion nature - whether it is directly working with nature, inspiring other people to act, or asking local and national governments to act. We each have a role to play. Our Wilder Champions and Leaders are an incredibly vital part in helping us to achieve nature's recovery by restoring habitats and bringing wildlife back.

Team Wilder is looking for Wilder Leaders; people who have a great idea for, or have already started their own wild projects, but need that little push of motivation and a dash of support to really get their projects off the ground and lead change in their local area. No matter what type of project you have in mind, we are sure there is a role that will suit you. We will follow you through every step of your journey, giving you all of our support and sharing your successes and stories. 

We're also looking for Wilder Champions; people who will help us deliver our public engagement programmes across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. You could help us to deliver wildlife gardening advice, plan family events and wildlife talks to inspire people to take action for wildlife, or be an active part of conserving the marine life in the Solent.

Why should I be a Wilder Champion or Leader? Becoming a Wilder Leader or Champion is a great way to support our Wilder Strategy in greater depth, gain experience and skills, and connect with like-minded people. We have a number of roles available, with something to suit all interests. We host free training courses for all of our champions and leaders who have signed up. These courses will cover practical tools for creating wilder spaces, as well as specific training for each different role. We will also be hosting online webinar training sessions on a variety of topics.

Do you want to lead the next big change in your community?

Email Team Wilder

Be a Wilder Leader

Become a leader of change in your community, school or workplace or campaign for nature’s recovery by becoming a Wilder Leader. With our advice, assistance, and resources, you will design and develop a project that supports a wilder future for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We hope you will share your activities with our followers to encourage more discussions around nature's recovery and be proud of everything that you achieve, for we will want to celebrate all of your accomplishments.

Friends of Peartree community groups

Wilder Community Leader

We are looking for people to step forward in their local areas and lead change – bringing others together to agree on how to make your street, neighbourhood or village wilder. 

We can help by providing training in community engagement; we will provide information and advice on actions you can take to green streets and community spaces.

Families at Locked in the Past, a story-telling event at Milton Locks as part of the Milton's Hidden Seashore ©Lianne de Mello.

Families at Locked in the Past, a story-telling event at Milton Locks as part of the Milton's Hidden Seashore  ©Lianne de Mello.

Wilder School Leader

Not only can our schools offer space for nature by making their grounds a bit friendlier for wildlife, but they can also embed respect for the natural environment into daily life, bringing the classroom outside and helping children to build a connection with nature that can last a lifetime.

We have a lot of experience in working with schools and can support those teachers or parents who want to drive wilder initiatives forward.

Urban bee © Paul Hobson

Urban bee © Paul Hobson

Wilder Workplace Leader

There are so many small changes that can collectively transform businesses or organisations into much greener, healthier and wilder environments.  By being a Wilder leader in your workplace, you will help raise awareness and get colleagues on board. 

We can help by providing training, resources and guidance and by celebrating the great things you are doing where you work.

Campaign MCZs

Campaign MCZs

Wilder Campaigns Leader

 Many of the changes needed for nature’s recovery require the right decisions to be taken by politicians, policy makers, business leaders and others.  We must collectively use our voices to push for these positive choices.  You can help us lead successful campaigns for changes to laws or local practices or you could mobilise others to support your own campaign on a specific issue. 

We will support you with materials, training and information to help you advocate successfully for a better, wilder future. 

Be a Wilder Champion

Our champions are volunteers of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. By becoming a champion you’ll help us to deliver our public engagement work. Roles include working with our Secrets of the Solent team to deliver marine activities, helping us to provide people with advice on gardening for wildlife in their own spaces and inspiring people at events, talks and family activities. We hope you will share your activities with our followers to encourage more discussions around nature's recovery and be proud of everything that you achieve, for we will want to celebrate all of your accomplishments.

Surveying for seagrass on the Solent coast

Surveying for seagrass on the Solent coast © Lianne de Mello

Marine Champion

In our work with Secrets of the Solent, we’re joining forces with those who use the Solent for home, work, or leisure to defend vulnerable species and habitats, and collaborating with restaurants and businesses to champion the local sustainable fishing industry. Becoming a Marine Champion or Marine Ambassador is a great way to support Secrets of the Solent in greater depth, while also gaining valuable knowledge and skills. We have a number of roles available, with something to suit all interests. Find out more about becoming a marine champion here.

Woman wildlife gardening 2 © Tom Marshall

© Tom Marshall

Wilder Gardens Champion

 Our own homes and gardens can offer vital refuge for struggling wildlife. Whether it is window boxes planted for pollinators, ponds and bird boxes, or wildflower mini meadows – these smaller spaces across our villages, towns and cities are all essential to creating a strong, connected Nature Recovery Network.  Many people, however, are unsure of how to make the most of where they live for wildlife and would like some advice and support.  If you have a passion for wildlife and gardening, you could help others to get going and make their patch wild and wonderful.

We will offer training and tool kits to help you guide others on what’s best for wildlife in their gardens.  

Girl in meadow at St Cross Meadow nature reserve

© Lianne de Mello

Inspiring People Champion

We know that for large scale social change to take place, we need at least 1 in 4 people acting in support of nature.  To raise awareness and encourage more individuals to get involved, we will need to reach thousands of people every year.  You can help us do this by sharing your passion and enthusiasm and spreading the message through events, activities and talks across the two counties.  We can’t do this on our own. 

We will offer communications training and materials and will support you with everything you need to take part in events or lead your own engagement activities.

So, are you ready to go wild?

Behind each of these roles, there is a dedicated Team Wilder staff who will give you as much or as little support as you need. We hope to bring our champions and leaders together through online forums, local meetings, and annual county-wide events, so that an ongoing supportive wild community is created.

Click on the following link to find resources specially curated for Team Wilder's needs. Find resources on how to create a group with your friends and neighbours, how to get funding for your group, and how to ask your local councils to support you, among many other things!

Team Wilder Resources and Toolkits

We host free training courses for each of our champions and leaders who have signed up. These courses will cover practical tools for creating wilder spaces, as well as specific training for each different role. We will also be hosting online webinar training sessions on a variety of topics.

Do you want to lead the next big change in your community?

Email Team Wilder

Upcoming trainings and events:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting our champions and leaders trainings online. If you would like more information on the online courses, sign up to our newsletter or email wilder@hiwwt.org.uk