Wild Connections was a three year project April 2015 – June 2018.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous donors, Wild Connections enabled people of all ages from a variety of different backgrounds to enjoy, connect with, learn about, and care for their local nature and natural heritage.

Over three years, Wild Connections has:

  • Delivered 194 public events which aimed to help people learn about our reserves and what's on them; in total these were attended by over 6,700 people.
  • Improved access and relevance of WWT nature reserves for people with disabilities; including ramps, wheelchair-friendly paths and interpretation.
  • Provided volunteering and training opportunities for groups such as Community Payback, SWITCH and other probation services, Adult Young Carers and Help for Heroes;
  • Provided volunteer training sessions to encourage regular participation, in total 4,661 individuals have volunteered for us and 336 have completed training, such as brushcutter, chainsaw and first aid.
  • Provided conservation-based volunteering activities for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with 55 individuals completing the volunteering section of their award with us.
  • Create new ‘Friends of’ groups based at 3 WWT nature reserves across the county.

Legacy

The wildlife and people of Wiltshire have benefited enormously from the work of Wild Connections and it leaves behind a substantial and exciting legacy.

We continue to work with Help for Heroes on their family days and also new monthly family conservation days.

We are also continuing our partnership working with Alzheimer’s Support to deliver fortnightly wildlife club session at Lower Moor, and our farm based young dementia group at Blakehill Farm.

The events and activities have proved very popular over the past three years and due to high levels of interest we will now be delivering these on a commercial basis across our reserves. Any profit from these will be going towards the vital management our beautiful reserves.

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