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    We want to show what wildlife and wild places mean to us all. Everyone can make nature a part of their life. Share your story #MyWildLife
  • Because Nature Matters
    my wild life
    We want to show what wildlife and wild places mean to us all. Everyone can make nature a part of their life. Share your story #MyWildLife
  • Because Nature Matters
    my wild life
    We want to show what wildlife and wild places mean to us all. Everyone can make nature a part of their life. Share your story #MyWildLife
  • Because Nature Matters
    my wild life
    We want to show what wildlife and wild places mean to us all. Everyone can make nature a part of their life. Share your story #MyWildLife
  • Because Nature Matters
    my wild life
    We want to show what wildlife and wild places mean to us all. Everyone can make nature a part of their life. Share your story #MyWildLife

All our lives are better when they’re a bit WILD

From the peat bogs and forests storing carbon and the rivers which bring water to our homes, to the green places in our towns and cities that give people a chance to fall in love with nature – we believe that all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild.

Read the stories below, share them and add your own: tell us why nature matters to you

#MyWildLife

my Childhood

My Wild Life
Ffion, 2, Meriden Park, Solihull

my Recharger

My Wild Life
David, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

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my Show and Tell

My Wild Life
Archie, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

my Green Grocers

My Wild Life
Raymond, Camley Street Nature Park, London

my Board Meeting

My Wild Life
Tom & Finn, Boscombe Beach, Dorset

my Outerspace

My Wild Life
Andy, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

my Dinner Party

My Wild Life
Niamh, Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

my Commute

My Wild Life
Richard, Rickford Common, Surrey

my Vocation

My Wild Life
Elaine, 26, Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxford

my Nine-to-Five

My Wild Life
Rob, 59 ¾, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Radnorshire

my Family Time

My Wild Life
Siti, Amin & Irfaan, Stocker’s Lake, Hertfordshire

my Insurance

My Wild Life
Ian, Thacka Beck, Penrith

my Cup of Tea

My Wild Life
Filip, Great Fen, Cambridgeshire

my Chapel

My Wild Life
Elaine, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

my Legacy

My Wild Life
Peter and his Grandsons, The Parks Nature Reserve, Herefordshire

my Calendar

My Wild Life
Stephen, Westhay Heath, Somerset

my History Book

My Wild Life
Ilyse, Jack & Faye, Little Woolden Moss, Manchester

My Childhood

Ffion, 2
Meriden Park, Solihull

Ffion has had the chance to discover her wild life thanks to funding for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s outreach sessions in Solihull. Her mum now brings her to Nature Tots as often as she is able to, and Ffion loves getting muddy!

Wild places let children’s imaginations (and feet) run wild!

My Recharger

David
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

David works as a paramedic under a lot of stress with unpredictable hours, so he comes to Thurrock Thameside Nature Park on his days off to collect his thoughts. Walking his dog here helps him to recharge his batteries.

Wild places can take the weight off your shoulders.

Discover your wild life with Essex Wildlife Trust.

Wherever you are, there’s a Wildlife Trust caring for wildlife and wild places near you. Find your Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

 

My Show and Tell

Archie
Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

In his few years of angling and rock pooling, Archie’s made good friends with fish, crabs, limpets and anemones. And he’s finding new mates all the time. A study has shown that connection to nature is a strong predictor of children’s interests in environmentally-friendly practices.[i]

 

Wild places help children grow up with a love for nature.

 

Discover your wild life with Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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[i] Cheng, J. C-H and Monroe, M.C. (2012) Connection to Nature: Children’s Affective Attitude Toward Nature. Environment and Behavior 44: 31–49

My Green Grocers

Raymond
Camley Street Nature Park, London

Growing fruit and vegetables takes Raymond back to a childhood spent outdoors in his mum’s garden. At Camley Street Natural Park, a small pocket of wild green space just behind King’s Cross station in London, he gets to reconnect with nature, and his memories, while growing food and producing something he’s proud of.

Urban green spaces provide the chance to enjoy some of nature’s finest ingredients.

Find your wild life with London Wildlife Trust www.wildlondon.org.uk

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Board Meeting

Tom & Finn
Boscombe Beach, Dorset

On their boards, Tom and Finn get to rub shoulders with mackerel, eels, crabs, bass, whiting and more. Very soon, they hope to add dolphins to that list too.

 

Marine conservation zones give overfished species, like cod, a chance to recover.

 

Find your wild life with Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Outerspace

Andy
Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

By filming Kimmeridge Bay’s underwater wildlife, Andy’s on a mission to open our eyes to the magic and diversity that lies hidden just below the surface. He’s proud to show how other-worldly our own world’s species can be.

 

Wild places can inspire us to explore our world and learn more about it.

 

Discover your wild life with Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Dinner Party

Niamh
Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

Niamh loves to feed the birds, so makes natural feeders out of pinecones and berries, to help them through the winter. She’ll tie this to a branch so that the birds can feast from it safely.

Wild places feed our imagination.

Discover your wild life with Essex Wildlife Trust.

Wherever you are, there’s a Wildlife Trust caring for wildlife and wild places near you. Find your Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

My Commute

Richard
Rickford Common, Surrey

Richard could stick to the road on his commute, but taking a shortcut through the woods is far more relaxing, even if he does get muddy trousers.

Whether walking, fishing or cycling, exercising in wild places helps improve self-esteem and mood.

Discover your wild life with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

 

My Vocation

Elaine, 26
Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxford

Elaine has spent her life surrounded by wild places; when she started to volunteer with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust she realised that nature conservation was the job of her dreams. As well as looking after nine nature reserves, she coordinates volunteers and works to inspire the next generation to look after wildlife, too.

 

Wild places provide careers, opportunities and inspiration for all ages.

 

Discover your wild life with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Nine-to-Five

Rob, 59 ¾
Gilfach Nature Reserve, Radnorshire

Rob’s job keeps him very busy, whether it’s building a bridge, planting an orchard, monitoring butterflies or maintaining paths. His workload is made easier, though, with the help of valued volunteers.

 

You can get involved in projects to nurture the natural environment too.

 

Discover your wild life with Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Family Time

Siti, Amin & Irfaan
Stocker’s Lake, Hertfordshire

Siti, Amin and Irfaan love visiting Stocker’s Lake for a walk at the weekend. It’s just 15 minutes from where they live in Rickmansworth.

Wild places are closer than you think.

In Hertfordshire, 99% of people live within five miles of one of our nature reserves.

Discover your wild life with Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Wherever you are, there’s a Wildlife Trust caring for wildlife and wild places near you. Find your Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Insurance

Ian
Thacka Beck, Penrith

When he’s not studying at Cumbria University, Ian enjoys volunteering at Thacka Beck. As well as being great for wildlife, this wetland nature reserve helps to protect Penrith from flooding when the river is in spate and allows urban children and adults to connect with nature. A study in Devon has shown that wilder ‘culm’ grasslands can store up to five times as much water as intensively managed grasslands.[i]

 

Wild places keep water in nature and out of our homes.

 

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[i] http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/socio-economic-value-of-the-culm/

Image Credit Eleanor Church

My Cup of Tea

Filip
Great Fen, Cambridgeshire

Filip likes to get stuck in – into waders, into water, into peat – out in nature. Having tried various careers, once Filip dipped his toe into the world of conservation he was hooked and knew he’d found his lifelong path.

Wild places offer opportunities, careers and inspiration for all ages.

Find your wild life with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust.

Wherever you are, there’s a Wildlife Trust caring for wildlife and wild places near you. Find your Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife.

 

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Image credit Matthew Roberts

My Chapel

Elaine
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

Elaine visits Thurrock Thameside Nature Park every day if she can on her lunch break from work, to watch wildlife and unwind. As a Christian, nature makes Elaine feel connected to God and creation.

Wild places help us to connect with the world around us.

Discover your wild life with Essex Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

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My Legacy

Peter and his Grandsons
The Parks Nature Reserve, Herefordshire

The future of our wildlife is important to Peter. Not only because of the crucial role it plays in keeping our society and environment happy and healthy, but also because of the enjoyment it brings to him and his grandsons every day. By leaving a gift in his will to The Wildlife Trusts, Peter is helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy wildlife and wild places as much as he has.

A gift in your will can help ensure a better future for wildlife and people.

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My Calendar

Stephen
Westhay Heath, Somerset

Stephen walks around his local patch in the Somerset Levels once or twice a week throughout the year. He looks and listens carefully to discover the wild creatures hidden in the reedbed and surrounding woods. Experiencing the changes in the seasons in this special place gives him a very personal connection with the landscape, as well as inspiring his work as a nature writer and wildlife television producer.

Wild places allow us to travel through time.

Find your wild life with Somerset Wildlife Trust www.somersetwildlife.org

Wherever you are, there is a Wildlife Trust for you. Find your Wildlife Trust.

What’s your wild life? Tell us why wildlife or a special wild place matters to you or share your story in social media using #MyWildLife. See what other people are sharing.

My History Book

Ilyse, Jack & Faye
Little Woolden Moss, Manchester

Lancashire Wildlife Trust is working with Moorfield Primary school in Irlam to deliver both indoor and outdoor education on the mossland habitat. This includes the history of the area, and the changing relationship that people in the community have had with the landscape around them.

Wild places help children understand the world around them.