Become a Wilder Champion

What type of Wilder Champion will you be?

© Ian Cameron-Reid

Information about Wilder 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 are an incredibly vital part in helping us to achieve nature's recovery by restoring habitats and bringing wildlife back.

Team Wilder are looking for our champions: 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. No matter what type of project you have in mind, we are sure there is a champion 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 host free training courses for each of our champions 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 have what it takes to lead the next big change in your community?

Email Team Wilder

Friends of Peartree community groups

Wilder Community Champion

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 Champion

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 Champion

There are so many small changes that can collectively transform businesses or organisations into much greener, healthier and wilder environments.  By being a Wilder champion 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.

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.  

Campaign MCZs

Campaign MCZs

Wilder Campaigns Champion

 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. 

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.

Shoresearch at Lee-on-Solent beach

© Caroline Meech

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.

So, are you ready to go wild?

Behind all 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 together through online forums, local meetings, and annual county-wide events, so that an ongoing supportive wild community is created. 

We host free training courses for each of our champions 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 have what it takes to lead the next big change in your community?

Email Team Wilder

Upcoming trainings and events:

Thursday 27th February at Beechcroft House, Curdridge, SO32 2DP

1:30pm-4pm Wilder Garden Champions induction and training. Free.

Saturday 21st March at Longstock Village Hall, Stockbridge, SO20 6DT

9:30am-12:30pm Sharing our gardens and outdoor spaces with wildlife. £45 per person. Book here.

1:30pm- 4pm Wilder Community Champions induction and training. Free.

To book the free champions training, email wilder@hiwwt.org.uk