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    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 Regeneration

My Wild Life
Jeremy, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside

my Bigger Picture

My Wild Life
Paul, Wembury Beach, South Devon

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my Spa Day

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

my World

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John, River Frome, Dorset

my adventure

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Erin, Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall

my Classroom

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Bex, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

my Childhood

My Wild Life
Ffion, 2, Meriden Park, Solihull

my History Book

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

my Worldwide Web

My Wild Life
Deborah, 8, Moston Fairway, Manchester

my Family Time

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

my Surround Sound

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

my Safari

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

my Legacy

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

my Fairytale

My Wild Life
Daisy, 5, Duke’s Wood, Nottinghamshire

my Rock Guitar

My Wild Life
Ruaridh (age 5), Tarraby Woods, Cumbria

my Calming Influence

My Wild Life
James , Weymouth, Dorset

my Close Up

My Wild Life
Robert, 8, Fairham Brook, Nottinghamshire

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
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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 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.

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 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.

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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 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

My Fairytale

Daisy, 5
Duke’s Wood, Nottinghamshire

For Daisy, the woods are magical, where anything can happen – they provide the perfect backdrop for her imaginary world of pixies, flower fairies and other hidden wonders.

Wild places allow children to play, discover and reconnect with nature.

Find your wild life with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

Wherever you are, there’s a Wildlife Trust caring for local 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 Rock Guitar

Ruaridh (age 5)
Tarraby Woods, Cumbria

Ruaridh loves playing in the woods – here everything can be anything and he can let his imagination run wild. Sadly less than 10% of children ever play in natural areas, compared to 40% of today’s adults who did so as children[i].

 

Outdoors in nature, children’s imaginations (and their feet) can run wild.

 

Find your wild life with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.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] Louv, R. (2005) Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Algonquin Books, North Carolina.

Bird, W. (2007) Natural Thinking. Investigating the links between the Natural Environment, Biodiversity and Mental Health. A report for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Bedfordshire.

My Calming Influence

James
Weymouth, Dorset

I am 12 with ADHD and ASD exploring nature and taking pictures calms me from all the daily hassles of life and I am free to explore all the areas around Weymouth and Portland and other places with my Dad.
I am calmer and feel free when I am watching wildlife and discovering new minibeasts and creatures.

 

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My Close Up

Robert, 8
Fairham Brook, Nottinghamshire

Once a month, Robert attends his local Wildlife Watch group in Nottinghamshire. He’s been going for over a year now and has made lots of new friends; most of all, though, he loves how much he has learnt and all the discoveries that he has made, like using underwater cameras to see what lives at the bottom of the river. It’s even inspired him to set up a wildlife club at school!

Wild places create memories for children that will last a lifetime.

Find your wild life with Nottinghamshire 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.

 

Image Credit Jack Perks