• 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
  • 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 Wild Life

my Regeneration

Jeremy
Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside
My Wild Life

my Bigger Picture

Paul
Wembury Beach, South Devon
My Wild Life

my Spa Day

Lucy, 25
Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly
My Wild Life

my World

John
River Frome, Dorset
my wild life

my adventure

Erin
Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall
my wild life

my Classroom

Bex
St Ives Bay, Cornwall
My Wild Life

my Childhood

Ffion, 2
Meriden Park, Solihull

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My Wild Life

my History Book

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

my Worldwide Web

Deborah, 8
Moston Fairway, Manchester
My Wild Life

my Megaphone

Holly, 7
Whisby Nature Park, Lincolnshire For Holly,
My Wild Life

my Family Time

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

my Surround Sound

Josh, 13
Springdale Farm Nature Reserve, Gwent
My Wild Life

my After School Club

Henry and Freddy
Four Marks, Hampshire
My Wild Life

my Safari

Luke, 3 5/6
Taunton, Somerset
My Wild Life

my Climbing Frame

Olive
Ferndown, Dorset
My Wild Life

my Classroom

Theo Ward
Hughenden Manor Woods, High Wycombe
My Wild Life

my Future

Alex
Oxfordshire

My Regeneration

Jeremy
Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside

30 years ago, if Jeremy had fallen in the river then he’d have been more worried about being poisoned than drowned! A 1980s trawl survey found just one fish in the Billingham reach of the Tees, and that was a diseased flounder. Things didn’t start improving until an EU directive about pollution control in urban waste water was implemented in the UK. Jeremy can now watch cormorants and seals feeding on salmon and sea trout in this stretch of the river.

EU legislation has made sure we cleaned up our rivers, making them healthier for wildlife and people.

Discover what the EU has done for wildlife
wildlifetrusts.org/EU-Ref

My Bigger Picture

Paul
Wembury Beach, South Devon

Acclaimed underwater photographer Paul Naylor has been diving and capturing images of life in the waters around the British coast for years, with over 2,000 dives to his name. He knows the impact that marine pollution, such as raw sewage, can have on our fragile sealife. He’s also seen how diverse and spectacular underwater wild places can be when they’re allowed to recover and flourish. The wildlife that calls this place home may look tropical, but it can be found right here in Britain and for Paul and his family, there’s nowhere they would rather be.

EU legislation has made sure we cleaned up our seas, making them healthier for wildlife and people.

Discover what the EU has done for wildlife
wildlifetrusts.org/EU-Ref

My Spa Day

Lucy, 25
Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly

For Lucy, the wind and salty spray of the Atlantic Ocean is more relaxing than any spa treatment and being surrounded by amazing wildlife, like Common Dolphins, Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoise makes it even more magical. 28 miles off the Cornish mainland, the Isles of Scilly are in fact a SPA. The islands are designated as a Special Protection Area due to their international importance for breeding seabirds. This gives Lucy greater confidence these beautiful islands will be protected.

The EU has protected 275 Special Protection Areas for birds in the UK.

Discover what the EU has done for wildlife
wildlifetrusts.org/EU-Ref

My World

John
River Frome, Dorset

John has worked in fisheries management for over 25 years. He has seen our waterways at their best – and their worst. He knows firsthand how devastating unhealthy rivers can be for wildlife and for the people like anglers who enjoy them every day. With the added protection of European legislation, like the Water Framework Directive, The River Frome in Dorset is on the road to recovery. For John, this is now one the most idyllic places in the world and to be able to live and work in this thriving wild place is a dream come true.

EU legislation has made sure we cleaned up our rivers, making them healthier for wildlife and people.

Discover what the EU has done for wildlife
wildlifetrusts.org/EU-Ref

My adventure

Erin
Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall

Kayak adventurer Erin Bastian has been all over the world but sees Cornwall as the holy grail of coastal adventure. From the sea she enjoys a unique perspective of our precious wildlife and knows we work hard to protect it for the future.

Wild places bring discovery, joy and adventure.

Discover more about our Living Seas.

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My Classroom

Bex
St Ives Bay, Cornwall

Passionate about the oceans and the diverse life that they hold, Bex is lucky enough to be able to teach scuba diving to university students working towards degrees in Ocean Science, Marine Biology, Environmental Science and Civil Engineering at Plymouth University. This provides her with the opportunity to inspire young people to photograph, survey and learn about the incredible marine life and habitats that can be found in and around Plymouth Sound. This underwater world is also a chance for her to escape and find some peace and quiet.

Wild oceans provide food, clean air and endless opportunities for discovery.

wildlifetrusts.org/livingseas

My Childhood

Ffion, 2
Meriden Park, Solihull

Ffion has had the chance to discover her wild ife 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 Worldwide Web

Deborah, 8
Moston Fairway, Manchester

Deborah loves to feel connected to wildlife. Thanks to the Forest School at Moston Fairway, funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, she gets to do this all the time as part of her education. Searching for (and picking!) spiders has taught her about respecting wildlife, treating it kindly and that it’s not that scary.

Wild places build confidence and give children a chance to be themselves.

My Megaphone

Holly, 7
Whisby Nature Park, Lincolnshire For Holly,

For Holly, nature is one endless playground waiting to be explored. Naturally shy, she finds her confidence and voice in wild places, and her smile gets wider when she’s spending time with friends and family outdoors, boosting her confidence, making her happier and more outgoing.

Wild places give children a chance to play, learn and connect with the world around them

Find your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.

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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 Surround Sound

Josh, 13
Springdale Farm Nature Reserve, Gwent

Josh takes time out from his busy life to relax in the countryside listening to nature. We’re here to make sure children can grow up near nature and enjoy their local wildlife.

 

Wild places can create dreams.

 

Find your wild life with Gwent 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 After School Club

Henry and Freddy
Four Marks, Hampshire

Henry and Freddy love sticks and being outdoors. After school we often take the long route home through a meadow and our local woodland to see what we can find. As a wildlife illustrator and writer I’m passionate about local wildlife and showing my children the wonders of the seasons. Today alone, we saw a brown rat, stoat, great spotted woodpecker, orange tip and peacock butterflies, not to mention all the spring flowers, such as wood sorrel, stitchwort, wild garlic, bluebells. We think that everyone should have the same opportunities to enjoy such special places on a regular basis.

 

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My Safari

Luke, 3 5/6
Taunton, Somerset

Luke loves to go on safari in his back garden, discovering slugs, snails and all things slimy.

Wildlife Watch groups are a great way for children to connect with nature through fun, inspiring activities.

Discover their wild lives with Wildlife Watch

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 Climbing Frame

Olive
Ferndown, Dorset

Olive is 4 and loves nothing more than climbing trees and seeing the world from a different perspective. Sometimes she pretends they are mountains, sometimes she’s a superhero but whatever she’s doing there’s a smile on her face.

My Classroom

Theo Ward
Hughenden Manor Woods, High Wycombe

We live in the beautiful Chilterns AONB and love being outdoors. Theo is in his first year of infant school and we joined the 30 Days Wild campaign to strengthen our focus on learning about and through nature. One of our chosen activities was to complete a nature scavenger hunt from the Nature Detectives website. We had to find a cone, but were lucky enough to walk by a tree with lots of fallen cones, so took the opportunity to use a few to do some writing practice. There is so much to learn about nature itself, but also nature gives opportunities for Theo to develop and reinforce academic skills in a fun, informal and creative way that don’t feel like ‘work time’.

 

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My Future

Alex
Oxfordshire

I love taking photographs and blogging about my local patch. I hope my photos and blog will inspire an interest in nature in my generation because we are the ones who can help protect wildlife for my future and future generations to come.

 

This wild life was uploaded to our website. You can share yours with us here, too.

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.

wildlifetrusts.org/legacy