Discover where the wild things are

Check out out this fantastic map of Southampton species – you can see what others have discovered and where and add your own findings

you can also see link in with seasonal themes from the wildlife trust – from national nest box week to hedgehog awareness

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/


Swim in the River

Lots of Sotonians swim in the Test and the Itchen. Did you know it's the birthplace of the Atlantic salmon? You may see one!

Here's a website about how to safely swim in the water

https://www.wildswimming.co.uk/

You could join a group to meet people and make friends

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HOWSwimmers/


Explore Southampton's green and blue spaces

Southampton has over 70 areas managed for wildlife, as well as nine greenways and three nature reserves

Find out more here

There are also 56 open spaces and 8 points of access to the waterfront

Check out this map

More about Southampton's springs, streams, seas and waterway heritage can be found here

https://www.facebook.com/southamptonsprings

Want to know where to see birds around Southampton?

https://www.goingbirding.co.uk/hants/birdnews.asp


Encourage nature in your house and garden

There are lots of ways to let nature do it's thing, mostly by leaving it alone so it doesn't always mean loads of work!

One simple thing is to consider not mowing your lawn! This can encourage flowers and insects to thrive

If you want some unique advice for your garden for example which plants to plant to encourage wildlife, or where to put a pond etc - for only £10 local ecologist Kevin Bryan runs a green gardening consultancy and can help

Don't have a garden? How about a flat roof? A wall? Visit https://livingroofs.org/ for inspiration on how to green your roofs and walls - or how about a window box? Or a wall garden like the one pictured? We'd love to hear more about your ideas and your journey to encourage nature in the city

 


Volunteers

Learn how to forage

Visit the urbane forager

http://theurbaneforager.blogspot.com/

and learn tree identification and where to find free food

there's also a Southampton foragers facebook community

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1746841862283556/


Visit an urban farm

We have two wonderful urban farms in Southampton where you can volunteer:

Southampton City Farm is on Green Lane, off Romsey Road and offers a wide range of opportunities to volunteer, as well as an adult learning disability programme, educational visits, community events and birthday parties!

See https://www.southamptoncityfarm.com/

Aldermoor Community Farm has opportunities for volunteering and is open for visits on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can see how the principles of permaculture are used to grow food and manage the land to nurture its potential. There is also a lovely farm shop where you can get a good range of sustainable local produce, household product refills and local gifts and crafts.

See https://aldermoorfarm.org.uk/


Host a street play day

Streets are not just for cars! They can be safe places to play and meet your neighbours too - for games, art, sharing food, perhaps seeds, plants or crops. If you don't know many neighbours, you could connect via facebook groups or nextdoor.co.uk 

You can apply for FREE to close your local street to host a street party, community event or enable children to play safely in the street, on a one-off or regular basis (up to once a week). Please note that main roads or those on a bus route cannot be closed.

The 'playing out' website has loads of ideas for what to do. You can get a play street pack for free from Southampton Children's Play Association and also borrow a small pedal or balance bike from the council to teach your child to ride.

Click here for more information from the council on the application process, including a template letter and application form to download. Please note this is different to the school street closures which run in term time.

You can also watch a short youtube clip on stewarding a road closure here or a more detailed Southampton based webinar on play streets and starting a regular street play event here https://youtu.be/kJJSFJ7VGek


Get active outdoors

Southampton has so many opportunities to get connected to our outdoor spaces that we cannot list them all here, but here are a couple of places to start

1. Plan your active travel route for your regular journeys using https://myjourneysouthampton.com/

2. Follow this link to find out how to Join a walking group

3. Fun, free activities in Southampton's parks https://activenation.org.uk/active-communities/southampton/parklives/

4. Walk to one of the surrounding areas using recommeded routes through the city https://beta.slowways.org/Settlement/Southampton

5. Download a walking app with Southampton routes https://www.gojauntly.com/


Sow wildflowers

How to make a wildflower seed bomb...5 parts garden clay, 5 parts soil, 1 part wildflower seeds...water as needed...

If there's a patch of space owned by Southampton city council which you think could host wildflowers please log it on this map

https://www.hiwwt.org.uk/map-waste-space

You can also email parksvolunteers@southampton.gov.uk if you'd like to start a wildflower patch in a local park or verge as these will need to be mowed and tended differently to grassy patches

Keep an eye on our facebook page for seed bomb making events


Give or receive a tree sapling

Are you TREEmendous? Have you got a sapling you don't have space for or would you like to plant one in your garden or workplace?

Here are the type of trees we can supply; Field Maple, Ash, Hazel, Willow, Grey Alder, Hornbeam, Sweet Chestnut, Hawthorn, Beech, Sea Buckthorn, Privet, Crab Apple, White Poplar, Lombardy Poplar, Blackthorn, Sloe, Oak, Dog Rose, Weeping Willow, Elderberry, Rowan, Wayfaring Tree, Guelder Rose

As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants to ensure damage will not occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Here is a step-by-step guide to planting specific trees

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/how-to-plant/

We are all volunteers so it helps us if you can collect your sapling and plant it yourself, however, if you aren't able then get in touch anyway and we will be happy to help!

KIDS COMPETITION

What would your garden or school look like with more trees? Can you find out what colours the leaves would be and how tall it would grow? Send us a photo of your drawings by email and this year's winners will get as many free saplings as they can find the space for

Get in touch with treemendous-soton@protonmail.com to donate or receive a sapling!