In The Community

Wilder Hyde on TV with Megan McCubbin!

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Wilder Hyde on This Morning

Wilder Hyde, were excited to welcome Wildlife TV presenter Megan McCubbin (Springwatch) and her crew from ITV’s This Morning programme to their gardens recently.  Having heard about Wilder Hyde’s Hedgehog Highways project, Megan and her team spent a sunny afternoon interviewing members of the group. 

Two founding members of the group, Sarah Perrin and Sarah Williamson,  were interviewed by Megan about how they are creating a wilder and greener neighbourhood to benefit both wildlife and people.  The group has a steadily growing membership as more people than ever appreciate the value of nature on their doorstep.

 Megan also delighted younger members of Wilder Hyde, Thomas Agombar and Georgia Barrett, by entertaining them with facts about hedgehogs and discussing ways that we can all help to reverse the decline of one of Britain’s most popular mammals.


6th Winchester Scouts, May 2021

As part of our aim to create a wilder and greener neighbourhood, Wilder Hyde has recently taken on a new initiative, working together with the 6th Winchester Scouts troop. On two evenings in May, the Scouts met up with Wilder Hyde member, Sarah Williamson, who told them all about Wilder Hyde as well as the importance of rewilding and looking out for hedgehogs.

They were then organised into small groups to gently weed and then heavily seed – with wildflowers of course – the front and side gardens of residents who had signed up for the scheme. They also spent time litter picking on the River Park. Both evenings were very successful, in spite of the wind and the ever present threat of rain! All the Scouts seemed genuinely interested in the whole project and approached their jobs with enthusiasm and energy. We hope to repeat this again soon.

Community Wildflowers – Abbotts Barton Pilot Project


Wilder Hyde and Abbotts Barton Community Group are working in collaboration with Winchester City Council to develop wildflower areas around Abbotts Barton and Hyde. We have launched a pilot project using two grass verges on Chaundler Road, Abbotts Barton. These areas have been prepared and spread with green hay, which is rich in wildflower seeds and will now be cut less often to allow the existing wildflowers and grasses to grow. This will create an improved habitat for wildflowers, pollinators and small mammals. We hope to roll this out to other areas in the future. If you would like to get in involved in the project please get in touch!

Hyde Litter Pickers

Due to local concern about the increasing amounts of litter on and around the Recreation Ground at North Walls, a small group of residents have established a Hyde Litter Pickers Group.  The group meet every Sunday morning by the rec for about an hour to litter pick and enjoy some friendly (socially-distanced) conversations whilst doing so.

If you would like to the group (no regular commitment is required just come as and when you are able) please contact the organiser John Tippet-Cooper at

Grabbers and sacks are provided.  You may wish to bring you own pair of gloves.