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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

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 Countdown

My Wild Life
Sarah, Rutland Water Nature Reserve

my Retirement

My Wild Life
John & Janette, West Hanger, Surrey

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my Mission

My Wild Life
Megan, 24, Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire

my Calling

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Emma, Safn y Coed Farm, Radnorshire

my Inspiration

My Wild Life
Peter, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

my Escape

My Wild Life
Adam, 38, Whisby Nature Park, Lincolnshire

my legacy

Oliver, Kati & Harry, Newlands Corner, Surrey

my Hideaway

My Wild Life
Anne, Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

my Work Experience

My Wild Life
Lizzie & Amy, Astley Moss, Manchester

my education

My Wild Life
Kat, Worcester, Worcestershire

my window

My Wild Life
Nicky, Lower Smite Farm, Worcestershire

my Symphony

My Wild Life
Suzanne, Jurassic Coast, Dorset

my Symphony

My Wild Life
Tony, Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood, Birmingham

my Muse

My Wild Life
Julie, Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood, Birmingham

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my Sanctuary

My Wild Life
Anne, Bournville, Birmingham

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My Countdown

Sarah
Rutland Water Nature Reserve

After 3 years in retail management, Sarah decided to follow her passion for wildlife and conservation. She spends the winter months counting down the days until she can take up her role as a recorder for her local nature reserve, pursuing her passion for butterflies.

 

Wild places connect us to the changing seasons.

 

Find your wild life with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

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My Retirement

John & Janette
West Hanger, Surrey

John & Janette retired last year but they aren’t the sort to do nothing all day. Volunteering with the Trust allows them to stay fit & healthy together, whilst making new friends.

 

Volunteering in wild places helps you meet new people, learn new skills and get active.

 

Find your wild life with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

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My Mission

Megan, 24
Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire

Megan is fascinated by the wide variety of British wildlife, particularly discovering what lives in the garden. She loves putting out the moth trap overnight and finding the moths in the morning. She is a keen wildlife recorder, and sends in all her records. Recording wildlife contributes to national and local scientific surveys which help to build a bigger picture of the state of our wildlife. The State of Nature report in 2013, produced by a wide partnership of organisations and using data from wildlife recorders around the country, found that 60% of the species we know about are in decline. This is only possible with the efforts of people like Megan who record their wildlife sightings.

 

Wild places are there to discover new things.

 

Discover your wild life with Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.

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My Calling

Emma
Safn y Coed Farm, Radnorshire

Living in the rocky uplands of mid-Wales, Emma regularly walks her farm checking not only on the livestock but seeing the seasonal changes in the wildlife and landscape too. The upland habitats of mid-Wales are important for species of lichens and mosses and migratory birds.

 

Wild places support livelihoods as well as diverse species.

 

Discover your wild life with Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.

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My Inspiration

Peter
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Peter’s undergraduate dissertation about Upton Warren Nature Reserve inspired him to follow a career path into conservation. He volunteered to help protect great places like Upton Warren and is now working to protect them.

 

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

 

Find your wild life with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

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My Escape

Adam, 38
Whisby Nature Park, Lincolnshire

Adam has explored most of Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln. From listening to the nightingales in the spring to skimming stones on the frozen lakes in the depths of winter, it’s trails, trees and lakes provide an all-year round chance to escape from day-to-day life.

 

Wild spaces help us to create and treasure special memories.

 

Discover your wild life with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

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my legacy

Oliver, Kati & Harry
Newlands Corner, Surrey

Kati wants her grandchildren to inherit a county rich in wildlife. That’s why she has left a legacy to Surrey Wildlife Trust to help protect the countryside for Oliver and Harry.

 

Legacies provide lasting contributions to wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

 

Find your wild life with the Surrey Wildlife Trust www.surreywildlifetrust.org

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 Hideaway

Anne
Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

Anne loves her spot by the water at Fingringhoe Wick because she knows she’ll get some quiet time by herself, but there are also people about to share exciting moments with: like the time she spotted a Hen Harrier!

 

Wild places provide tranquillity in the busiest of lives.

 

Discover your wild life with Essex Wildlife Trust.

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My Work Experience

Lizzie & Amy
Astley Moss, Manchester

Amy and Lizzie help out at Astley Moss, as part of their university internships. By measuring the water table they can assess if their hard work is paying off for this rare landscape: there is now only 3% of lowland bog left in the UK, so working to restore it gives them a sense of wellbeing and purpose.

 

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

 

Find your wild life with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside www.lancswt.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 education

Kat
Worcester, Worcestershire

Kat is preparing for the world of work as Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Assistant. On the job training and working with experienced volunteers are essential to her future career.

 

Wild places create wellbeing, protecting people from stress and improving concentration.

 

Discover your wild life and learn new skills www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/volunteer

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 window

Nicky
Lower Smite Farm, Worcestershire

Pond dipping provided Nicky with a window to a new world. As Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Engagement Officer, she hopes that the thousands of children she shares this window with will be as inspired as she is by what they discover there.

 

Wild places provide endless opportunities for learning and discovery.

 

Find your wild life with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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My Symphony

Suzanne
Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Suzanne likes to escape everyday life and lose herself in the spectacle of crashing waves, swooping birds and jagged cliffs along the Dorset coastline.

 

Wild places provide everyone with the chance to find wellbeing.

 

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

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My Symphony

Tony
Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood, Birmingham

Tony has been leading International Dawn Chorus Day walks at Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood for ten years now. He loves introducing new people to nature’s miracle of birdsong every year.

 

The sounds of nature help people to find beauty in the world around them.

 

Find your wild life with The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

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 Muse

Julie
Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood, Birmingham

As a sculptor, Julie takes her inspiration from the natural world around her. J.R.R Tolkein also played in this woodland – at Moseley Bog in Birmingham – as a child. The wood is now protected and cared for by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.

 

Wild places have inspired artists for centuries and continue to do so.

 

Find your wild life and discover places like this across Birmingham and the Black Country

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My Sanctuary

Anne
Bournville, Birmingham

Anne’s garden in Bourneville, Birmingham provides an amazing place for wildlife. She has helped rescue hedgehogs and released them there to start a life in the wild again. Her camera traps allow her to see when they come by, along with all the other wildlife that visits.

 

Wild places and wildlife bring communities together so you can get to know your neighbours, whatever species they are.

 

Find your wild life with the Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust

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Did you know?

We are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With more than 800,000 members, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea.

We manage around 2,300 nature reserves covering more than 90,000 hectares. We stand up for wildlife. We inspire people about the natural world and we foster sustainable living.

Find out more: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/