Keeping it wild

Keeping it Wild

 © Keren Young

Keeping it Wild Notts WT cpt Keren Young

 © Keren Young

What is Keeping it Wild?

Meeting up every week and sometimes weekends too, Keeping it Wild is all about coming together and doing great things for nature. Speaking out for nature, Keeping it Wild are natural campaigners, taking part in events and projects across Nottinghamshire, from hosting festival wild games to wild silent discos, Keeping it wild like to have fun and promote the work of the trust where possible!

Current program

Woodthorpe Meadow

Now with their very own nature reserve to care for Woodthorpe Meadow, Keeping it Wild also like to get practical, and make a real difference to nature by helping out with wild things such as toad patrolling, making bird boxes and creating new habitats.

Find out more about Woodthorpe Meadow

Want to get involved?

If any of these wild activities sound good to you, why not find out more about the group and what is happening. Contact Laura Bacon or Jamie Shortland 0115 9588242 / lbacon@nottswt.co.uk or follow us on Instagram keepingitwild2016 or facebook willowfox

Don’t live in Nottingham?? and still interested, still get in touch as we have plans to grow our project in other areas, or why not try our young rangers volunteer sessions.

Keeping it Wild outdoor conservation
Mia keeping it Wild

What our members say

Mia, a regular Keeping it Wild member, tells us what she enjoys about the Keeping it Wild group:

“I’ve been a member of Keeping it Wild for 16 months, and I really enjoy the sense of belonging and the keeping it wild family! Everyone can have a laugh together and enjoy nature”

Mia is 15 year old and her favourite Keeping it Wild memory was watching beavers and finally seeing them after waiting 3 hours!!

Meet the team

Laura Bacon

Laura Bacon Keeping it Wild 2

Laura Bacon  0115 9588242

lbacon@nottswt.co.uk

Jamie Shortland

Jamie Shortland

Jamie Shortland 0115 9588242
jshortland@nottswt.co.uk

Previous Keeping it Wild projects

Nottingham for Nature

On 25th January 2018 Keeping it Wild (Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Youth team) launched the Nottingham for Nature campaign and hosted a unique Question Time event. With an audience of young people, an exclusive panel of experts and policy holders responded to pertinent questions about the state of nature in Nottingham. Panelists Mark Avery Stephanie Hillborne OBE Eddie Curry Dr Sarah Pierce Cllr Michael Edwards (Lord Mayor of Nottingham) Dr Rob Lambert

Projects funded through the 'Heritage Lottery Fund small grants scheme' in 2017

During 2017 the project funding (through the Heritage Lottery Fund small grants scheme) has enabled us to -:

  • Work on 8 Natural heritage sites across the city 
  • Run 10 practical conservation sessions ranging from species id to habitat creation to conservation grazing program
  • Develop and run Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts first ever city centre based event at the head office for the community
  • Raise just under £1300 through fundraising and applying for small pots of funding
  • Develop and run 10 public facing events throughout the year including 5 park lives events that encourage more young people and families to engage with a green space as well others such as Skylarks open days and Autumn festivals
  • Grown from 5 members to 18 members in 1 year
  • Delivered 152 days of volunteering equating to £7600 in unskilled volunteers time
  • The youth group have met 74 times during 2017 be that on their evening meet ups on a Wednesday night or through weekend events and activities
  • The group ticked off 5 species on their bucket list and met with 6 other programs running youth based work across 6 counties