If you want to help nature, one of the best things you can do is make it part of your life……
Take a moment to notice nature each day. It could be colours and shapes in nature, movements of birds, micro forests of mosses growing on a city centre wall or admiring the grandeur of spectacular land or seascapes. Wildlife and wild places provide us with endless experiences and adventures.
Sharing wildlife experiences with people on your street or in your neighbourhood is a great way to help open people’s eyes to the wildlife that’s around them. It’s good to talk.
The UK has a fantastic tradition of nature writing from Gilbert White to modern-day writers like Richard Mabey. Find a nature book that inspires you and share with someone.
No matter how small your outdoor space is there are ways you can help wildlife. Whether it’s growing flowers in a pot on your window sill, leaving a patch of your lawn unmown or creating habitats in your garden – every action counts. Our Wild About Gardens website run in partnership with the RHS has lots of ideas you can try – from things that take five minutes to weekend projects like creating a pond.
Most people in England and Wales live within 5 miles of a Wildlife Trust nature reserve (in Scotland it’s within 10 miles). We care for meadows, woods, stretches of river and coast, marshes, hills, heaths, urban parks and moors. Find your nearest one and visit through the year to get to know it.
Avoid buying non-essential items where you can can. Think about small actions you can take to reuse items around the home. Recycle everything you can to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and impacting on wildlife. Pressure on wildlife and habitats is great and everything you can do to help tackle this matters.
There is a Wildlife Trust caring for wildlife and wild places where you live. You can get involved, from talks in local libraries to volunteering with practical conservation work. There are 47 in total across the UK so you can find your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.
Be a voice for wild places and wildlife and join people who are standing up for nature on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Sharing inspiring pictures and wild experiences helps to inspire others and show people care about nature. Use #MyWildLife and join in with our campaign showing what wildlife and wild places mean to people.
There are many projects where you can help monitor the heath f natural environment – from studying water quality in rivers to counting bees, birds and butterflies. Use google, ask your Wildlife Trust or search conservation charity websites and see if there’s a project in your area you can be part of.
Try walking meetings where nature can provide a more inspiring setting than your office meeting room. Or why not try exploring local wild spots you can get to at your lunch break or on your daily commute.