• Because Nature Matters
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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 Next Generation

My Wild Life
Tim, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex

my theatre

My Wild Life
Freddie, 11, Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire

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my adventure

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Erin, Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall

my World

My Wild Life
John, River Frome, Dorset

my legacy

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Roger, Kinver, Staffordshire

my Future

My Wild Life
Charlotte, 22, Gloucestershire

my Homecoming

My Wild Life
Juliet & Amy, Chaworth Woods, Ottershaw, Surrey

my Expedition

My Wild Life
Freddie, 11, Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire

my discovery

My Wild Life
James, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Foxley Wood, Norfolk

my Experiment

My Wild Life
Simon, Wild Meadows, Frome

my Focus

My Wild Life
Emily-Jane, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

my Jump Leads

My Wild Life
Ann, Little Woolden Moss, Manchester

my Classroom

my wild life
Bex, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

my Calming Influence

My Wild Life
James , Weymouth, Dorset

my Favourite Show

My Wild Life
Ben, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

my castle

My Wild Life
Ollie, 3, Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

my Basecamp

My Wild Life
Will, Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

My Next Generation

Tim
Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex

This is my son Matty aged five at Woods Mill in Sussex, I visited this place as a school child and it has always been a favourite place to visit for my family. Matty is now almost seven and is a keen wildlife photographer. We have seen so much over the years and return regularly at all times of the year.

 

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my theatre

Freddie, 11
Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire

Being outdoors fuels Freddie’s creativity – walks become missions, props get collected and the whole world becomes his stage.

Wild spaces allow our imaginations to run free.

Discover your wild life with Nottinghamshire Wildlife TrustWherever 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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Image: Kathryn Edwards

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.

wildlifetrusts.org/living-seas 

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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
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my legacy

Roger
Kinver, Staffordshire

Roger believes that we need to reconnect children with nature and where better to start than with his two year old granddaughter in the park near her home. As she gets older she’ll discover all the fantastic opportunities that the Wildlife Trusts provide to engage young people.

 

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

 

Find your wild life with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust www.staffs-wildlife.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 Future

Charlotte, 22
Gloucestershire

Charlotte is spending her placement year from the University of Cardiff with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust learning valuable surveying and monitoring techniques that she can add to her CV and help her gain a job within the conservation movement when she graduates.

 

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

 

Find your wild life with Gloucestershire 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 Homecoming

Juliet & Amy
Chaworth Woods, Ottershaw, Surrey

Juliet Sargeant was first inspired by nature as a child: when she’s working, her mind often wanders back to playing in the woods with her friends.

She left a career in medicine to train as a Garden Designer and her creative passion is deeply rooted in a sense of place. She believes that spending time in nature is good for us, and designs gardens where people feel well and happy and where children can freely indulge their natural curiosity and playful fantasies. Now, she’s returned to her childhood woodland with her daughter, Amy, to remind herself of her first special wild place and the inspiration that it has provided throughout her life.

Wild places connect us to our pasts, presents and futures.

Discover your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.

You can find out more about Juliet’s work on her website: http://www.julietdesigns.co.uk/

My Expedition

Freddie, 11
Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire

For Freddie, every wild place is turned into a storybook world of adventure and new discoveries to create and explore with his brother and sister.

 

Wild places help children to grow up happy and healthy.

 

Discover your wild life with Leicestershire and Rutland 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 discovery

James
Norfolk Wildlife Trust Foxley Wood, Norfolk

Standing out in plain sight or hidden away in dark secret corners, James finds unimagined treasures of the natural world.

Wild places allow children to grow up close to nature and let their imaginations run wild.

Discover your wild life with Norfolk 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 Experiment

Simon
Wild Meadows, Frome

Simon has been restoring Wild Meadows , his home patch for over three years. By planting trees, digging a lake and sowing wildflowers, he is showing how quickly wildlife like otters, badgers and tawny owls can return given the right environment. The Simon King Wildlife Project is one big, wild experiment that he shares with the world over the internet.

Wild places bring local and global communities together.

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

Emily-Jane
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

For her A-Level Photography project, Emily-Jane is taking images of the landscapes that she loves; combining her two passions – photography and wildlife – she can express herself in creative ways. Wild spaces allow people to communicate in creative ways.

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 Jump Leads

Ann
Little Woolden Moss, Manchester

Ann and her husband nurture and cultivate specialist sphagnum mosses and vascular plants like bog cranberry for a community area of the moss: they’re kick-starting the vegetation growth on Little Woolden Moss, which will turn the area into a healthy peatland habitat and a valuable carbon sink, after years of peat extraction.

 

Wild places collect and store carbon from the atmosphere, lessening the impacts of climate change.

 

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 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 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 Favourite Show

Ben
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

Ben keeps a diary of all the wildlife that he spots. He challenges himself to see new species: if he finds something that he doesn’t recognise, he takes a photograph so that he can look it up.

 

Wild spaces feed our imaginations all year round.

 

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 castle

Ollie, 3
Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

Ollie has been visiting Elvaston Castle all his life, exploring every cave, climbing loads of trees and jumping in as many puddles as possible. From sheltering under towering trees in torrential storms to playing Pooh Sticks, every visit is a new adventure.

 

Wild places provide endless adventures for children and adults alike.

 

Discover your wild life with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

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My Basecamp

Will
Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

Den-building in the woods with his granddad makes Will feel like he is part of a survival game: nature is one big adventure, and he even uses a penknife to cut twigs to build with.

 

Wild spaces allow our imaginations to run free.

 

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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