Wilder Action

Be part of a WILDER Hampshire & Isle of Wight

We need different people playing different parts

In order to tip the balance, we need many more people on nature’s side. The science shows that if 25% of people take action, this is enough to change the minds and behaviour of the majority.

Without this we cannot hope to put nature into recovery, create more space for wildlife to thrive or reduce pressure on the environment.

This is and has to be a joint effort. Together our local actions in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight form part of the collective national and global effort for a better, wilder future.

We can be the people that fix this.
 

1. Take action at home, work, school or in your community    

2. Take action if you are a farmer, developer, local business, organisation or community group

 3. Support the Trust

Take action at home, work or school or in the community

We know that there are thousands of people across our counties who are passionate about how their area, school, business, land, or workplace could be greener or wilder. 

 

Let us know what you can do

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IT ALL ADDS UP

Everything counts

We can all make choices about what we eat, what we wear, how we travel, where we put our money and who we vote for.

We can decide to share our space with wildlife – whether that’s a window box or a large estate in rural Hampshire.

We can all inspire and encouraging others to join our team; talk to your friends, neighbours, teachers, work mates and politicians and pass on your passion.

Get in touch via our online form

Tell us what Wilder Actions you want to take.

We will be offering support and help so you can make a change.

If you want to talk to us about making your life, your home or your community wilder, get in touch.

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We would love to see Wilder communities popping up across Hampshire  and the Isle of Wight. By people connecting for common concerns and shared goals, we could see places transformed for people and wildlife.

Ways to help:

Wilder Champions

We will offer a programme of training and support for people who want to be campaigners or leaders  in their fields or communities.

We will support young champions and give young people a voice, through the establishment of a  youth council. We will work with farmers and businesses leading action for nature’s recovery.

Wilder Communities

We will empower community groups to create change, providing toolkits and guidance. We will run public-facing campaigns to encourage individuals and communities to go wild at home or in their local area.

We will celebrate and showcase how people are contributing to nature’s recovery.

Wilder Solent

As part of our Secrets of the Solent project, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, we will encourage people living or working near or on the Solent to value our marine wildlife and act in support of our local seas.

Wilder Lives

We will push for nature to be embedded in the curriculum and within the fabric of school life.

We will continue to give children, young people and adults opportunities to experience wildlife and the natural environment and we will build connection to nature into all the work that we do.

We will expand our education and learning programme to reach through schools and children to families and communities.

We will offer training for practitioners – including teachers, healthcare professionals and employers – to harness nature in their work with other people.

Wilder Giving

We will create new opportunities to support wildlife in ways that fit with different lifestyles and priorities – from supporting specific places, giving time or helping us to successfully campaign for changes.

We will double the Trust’s membership over the next ten years, harnessing this vital support to drive our work forwards.

Wilder Hampshire & Isle of Wight Awards

We will establish an annual event, bringing people together from across the counties in order to celebrate those making a difference for wildlife and the environment.

Be part of Team Wilder

There are wonderful things already happening in our counties. From community groups coming together to improve the headwaters of our chalk rivers, to young people giving their time to inspire others about our local marine riches - the enthusiasm we witness every day is contagious.

Find out more about Team Wilder

Work with us to create a wilder future

We are seeing champions emerge from every section of society and we welcome farmers, businesses, developers and politicians to join with us, leading the change in their fields to help put nature into recovery. 

Let us know what you can do

Farmers helping wildlife return

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Local businesses supporting natures recovery

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Development that delivers for nature

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Organisations and community groups

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Farmers helping wildlife return

In the past year we have seen more and more farmers leading the charge and pushing the importance of farming with nature rather than against it. We will learn from, support and work with these pioneering land managers to help wildlife return and build healthier farming systems.

We will recognise and celebrate those that are leading the way through an annual Farming with Nature award.

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As the majority land use, a new approach to farming has the greatest potential to turn around the ecological crisis.

Now is a time of huge transition in food and farming – the prevailing model of subsidies, inputs and cheap consumer goods is unsustainable and today there is real opportunity to reimagine how we use land to produce food and create wider societal benefits.

Low intensity grazing systems, for example, are important for maintaining the landscape and play a vital role in building soil fertility, and the use of new technologies can vastly reduce the impact of arable farming.

A radical overhaul of agricultural policy is needed and current proposals are moving us in the right direction, with the Government looking at models that reward public goods rather than public commodities. Paying farmers to move towards regenerative farming systems as well as take areas out of production to reforest or re-wild, will build soil fertility, reduce pollution and increase carbon capture. Importantly, this approach would help create the space and habitat that wildlife needs to recover.

Local businesses supporting natures recovery

Over the past few years we have seen more local businesses step forward to play their part in a creating a wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Some are taking strides to ensure that the way they work is good for nature as well as being good for business.

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We will develop more opportunities for businesses to support the Trust and be part of Team Wilder – opening our doors to those who would like to find shared solutions, supporting others to make changes and offering employees the chance of creating greener, wilder places to work.

Development that delivers for nature

The sustainability of our natural resources and the health of our environment should be at the heart of all proposed development.

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We will offer our Building with Nature service to developers who want to deliver exemplary schemes that do more than protect against or mitigate loss, but that restore wild spaces, create habitat and build better homes for wildlife and people.

We will promote nature-based solutions to capture carbon, reduce nitrates in our waters and which will ensure net wildlife gain.

Organisations and community groups

We know that there are thousands of people across our counties who are passionate about how their local area could be greener or wilder. 

We will train and support community campaigners to be the voice of wildlife in their local area. 

We will empower community groups to create change, providing toolkits and guidance. We will run public-facing campaigns to encourage individuals and communities to go wild at home or in their local area.

We will celebrate and showcase how people are contributing to nature’s recovery.

We will offer a programme of training and support for people who want to be campaigners or leaders  in their fields or communities.

Get in touch to help create a #WilderFuture

Support the Trust

We are grateful for the thousands of members, supporters and volunteers who help us to deliver our vision.

We couldn’t do it without you.

Find out how you can support the Trust