Wilder Together in the Stour Valley
Wilder Together is a partnership project that has been created between the Suffolk and Essex Wildlife Trusts, RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden and the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley team.
The partnership has been established to support parish and town councils to work with their communities to create wildlife friendly villages and towns in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley.
This working together in partnership for wildlife will create more space for nature, as a network of wild areas will be restored, reconnected and maintained by residents, on both public and private land (including gardens), which will not only benefit wildlife but people too.
If you missed it, you can watch our successful webinar on ‘How to connect to your community for wildlife’ on our YouTube channel.
Wilder Together Objectives
- We want to help establish a network of Wilder Together villages and towns throughout the Stour Valley in Essex and Suffolk
- We want to see a WILDER Dedham Vale and Stour Valley where nature is welcomed and supported on the doorstep
- We want where people live to be their gateway to the natural world
- We want to support local people to take action for wildlife to restore, reconnect and maintain wild corners, wild spaces, wild streets and gardens
- We want to train volunteers in your parish to become wilder village champions who will promote wildlife gardening and support local action.
What you get
- An opportunity for councillors and local wildlife groups in your parish/town to attend a tour of RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden to see what things can be replicated in your area
- A resource list which will help your parish or group undertake wildlife projects
- A statement and logo to put on your parish website to say your village is part of the Wilder Together in the Stour Valley project and so is committed to take action for wildlife
- A contacts list for partners
- Advice on habitat management and creation from one of the conservation partners
- Opportunities to go on training events e.g., how to set up a group, hedge planting
- Access to funding and help on suitable practical conservation tasks from the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley conservation volunteers.
Councillor event at RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden
Dedham Vale Youth Rangers at the Boxted Birds, Bees and Bugs event
Examples of Community Wildlife Projects
Explore the online map to see examples of what parishes, wildlife groups and residents have done for wildlife in their villages or towns in the Stour Valley.
To add information onto this map about your community wildlife projects please email firstname.lastname@example.org 50-100 words and a landscape photo. It’ll be great to see what everyone is doing for nature.
To find out how other groups across Suffolk are helping wildlife and to add your community group action visit the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Team Wilder map. The resource toolkit for community groups can also be accessed online.
If you’re interested in joining our network of Wilder Together villages or towns in the Stour Valley, please contact one of the partners:
Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley
Emma Black, Countryside Projects Officer
Mobile: 07855 756785
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Cathy Smith, Community Wildlife Advisor
Mobile: 07780 457072
Office: 01473 890089
Essex Wildlife Trust
Danielle Carbott, Wilder Communities Manager
Mobile: 07938 485322
RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden
Amy Ward, Visitor Experience Officer
Mobile: 07903 500111
Councillor tour at RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden
Volunteers managing grassland for wildflowers at Hornestreet Field Nature Reserve, Langham