Wilder Portsmouth


Wilder Portsmouth is a partnership project between the Southern Co-op and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The focus of this jointly-funded initiative is to encourage people to take action to create and enhance wild spaces where they live. 

We want to see more wildlife friendly areas and small outdoor spaces across the city of Portsmouth that are created and supported by the community.

How and where are people taking action for nature in Portsmouth?



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As part of its commitment to protect local wildlife Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has become a member of the Portsmouth Climate Action Board. The Board was set up by the local authority in 2019 to help drive the city's response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Please visit the Portsmouth Climate Action Board website for more information. The involvement of HIWWT strengthens our push for a Wilder Portsmouth giving us the opportunity to add natures recovery to a much wider audience.

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Portsmouth Wild Streets

Portsmouth is the second most densely populated city outside of London. Its green urban spaces are few and far between and because Portsmouth is such a crowded place, gardens are especially important for wildlife.  There is potential to create a network of wilder spaces - stepping-stones that allow species to move about and wildlife populations to connect. We want neighbours to come together and form these links by creating 'Wild Streets.'

Set up yours today

Portsmouth's first wild street was Francis Avenue. Some residents have installed a bin shelter with a green roof in their paved forecourt. The Trinity Methodist Church has added a bug hotel (a repurposed bedside cabinet) and planters in its grounds. Neighbours are sharing seeds, plants, and pots in nature exchange stations. 

Over in Whitwell road, nature exchange stations are also popping up and there's a buzz in the air as they too have plans to become a wild street.

Wild street organiser, Laura Mellor, said, ''The wild street has appealed especially to children, who have brought lots of ideas to the project. They show a strong connection with nature and a desire to take action to protect it. This experience has shown me, not only that children are committed and effective advocates of our wild street, but also that they get a lot of enjoyment from the work they are doing.''

In September 2020, we worked with Portsmouth Carers Centre and My Dog Sighs to display a new mural on the centre’s end wall on Francis Avenue. ‘Wild Thing’ was painted by renowned Southsea artist, My Dog Sighs, and shows a stick man carrying several real and functional bird boxes; depicting one of the many ways you can get involved in making your patch of the city a little wilder.

My Dog Sighs and Andy Ames standing in front of wall mural depicting a stick man carrying balloons that are actually functional bird boxes.

© Andy Ames

Wilding Frances Annie Place

In 2019, a group of local school girls won HIWWT's Wilder Futures Competition: Coco, Lucy, Robyn and Eve. They received £400 to transform an area of neglected land into a wildlife haven. They installed raised beds in the area and sprinkled wildflower seeds around the rest of the ground.

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