Lockdown’s lack of mowing of public green space has shown us what our neighbourhoods look like when they’re a little more wild. This #LetsKeepThisWild campaign is all about fighting to keep these little wild havens of wildlife that have appeared in and around public spaces since lockdown began.
How to spot a wild spot worth fighting for?
If you have a wild spot near you that fits the bill then we’d like to support you to explore whether your community could keep it. This can be a bit of a journey and we’d like to support you in that.
Joining our campaign will give you:
- guidance and stuff to help rally your community in support of the wild vision
- connections to a network of others seeking to preserve a wild spot
- specialist advice on things like wildlife surveys and community asset transfer
- crowd sourcing species identification for your wildlife surveys
A wild patch can offer a neighbourhood so much, from biodiversity to opportunities for education. South Yare Wildlife Group have created this beautiful animation about all the positive things a wild patch brings as part of their Wild Patch Project that’s an encouraging watch:
#LetsKeepThisWild… so what next?
Our team has experience of supporting communities to influence and sometimes take control of land use in a neighbourhood. It can be a long process but a worthwhile one… we’re going to share a video soon to tell you more:
In our experience the most logical ask of land owners is for a less regular cut on a piece of land that you’re looking to keep wild. Most contractors and local authorities who manage land will have a cut called something like a ‘wildlife cut’ and so this could be a valuable point of reference for starting the conversation.
Where are the other #LetsKeepThisWild spots?
This map will track the growth of #LetsKeepThisWild spots as people join the campaign
Other valuable support and useful campaigns
Buglife B-Lines – B-Lines are a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns, along which Buglife are restoring and creating a series of wildflower-rich habitat stepping stones. If your wild spot is on a b-line then you can add it to Buglife’s map of biodiversity projects on a b-line.
Plantlife’s No Mow May – Part of Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts project it’s been exciting to see support grow for No Mow May from members of the public through to the National Trust. Hopefully support for this campaign in 2021 will be bigger than ever.
South Yare Wildlife Group – If the Wild Patch you’re looking to keep is along the River Chet, the South Yare Wildlife Group is pleased to be able to offer small cash grants to support your work.