Wilder Schools

This page details the Team Wilder initiative set up by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. We have joined Team Wilder as one of the first Wilder Schools.
 
In 2019 the Wildlife Trust set out the bold aim for this decade - to secure at least 30% of land and sea for wildlife, reduce the pressure on the environment everywhere else and encourage 1 in 4 people to take action for wildlife.  The Trust’s innovative Team Wilder programme provides support, training and advice for those keen to do more to help nature where they live, work or go to school. 
 
Watch this animation about Team Wilder.
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Wild Things have recently taken part in "Waste of Space" to identify areas of the school grounds that are not used that can be enhanced for wildlife. One area we identified is the wood chipped area around the staff car park. Wild Things have trialled stripping back some of the bark chippings and planting wild flower seeds to meet our Pollinator Promise. If this works, we are hoping to expand this area around the entire car park and will also create stag beetle pyramids, bee logs and a host of minibeast homes and habitats.
 
Read more about the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts Waste of Space project:
 

We need more green space

Natural and wild places have provided a lifeline for people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the past year, providing essential outside space to relax, exercise, play and spend time with friends and family. Access to nature is known to benefit people’s physical and mental health, leading to reductions in depression, anxiety and obesity. However, the pandemic has highlighted vast inequalities in access to green and natural spaces. One in eight households have no garden and rely entirely on public open spaces, and yet there is not enough quality green spaces in our urban areas. We need more wild, green, and natural spaces for our mental health, our community and our wildlife.

With a lot of wasted space in our towns and cities, there's a tremendous opportunity to transform these spaces into bright colourful places full of life. Any area, no matter how small, will contribute to a Nature Recovery Network, and help rewild where we live.

See more here www.hiwwt.org.uk/waste-space