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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 Focus

My Wild Life
Sorrel, 16, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham

my Rainbow Maker

My Wild Life
Sarah, 6, Elan Valley, Radnorshire

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my Adventure Playground

My Wild Life
Holly, 12, Stricklands Glen, Bangor

my Career Path

My Wild Life
Dale, Rutland Water Nature Reserve

my secret garden

My Wild Life
Izzy, Bluebell Wood, Pembrokeshire

my City Break

My Wild Life
Kathryn, Camley Street Nature Park, London

my Classroom

My Wild Life
Charlotte, West Runton, Norfolk

my Out-of-Office

My Wild Life
Andrew, Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, London

my Wonderland

My Wild Life
Alice, Brandon Marsh, Coventry

my social network

My Wild Life
Keith, Rob & Tim , Newlands Corner, Surrey

my Hair of the Dog

My Wild Life
James & Claire, Newlands Corner, Surrey

my Relaxation

My Wild Life
Keith, Eardisland, Herefordshire

my school

My Wild Life
Ewan , Chesterfield, Derbyshire

my Gateway

My Wild Life
John, Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, Nottinghamshire

my Classroom

My Wild Life
Issy, 15, Blashford Lakes, Hampshire

my Other World

My Wild Life
Phillip, Astley Moss , Manchester

my Windswept Lands

My Wild Life
Ben, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Ranworth Broad, Norfolk

My Focus

Sorrel, 16
Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham

Sorrel has been birdwatching all of her life with her grandparents. She is passionate about promoting wildlife to children at her school and through her local Wildlife Watch group. She loves the wide-eyed wonder that children experience when they connect with nature, and wants to make birdwatching more accessible to everyone.

 

Wild spaces allow young people to reconnect with and share their love of nature.

 

Discover your wild life with Nottinghamshire 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 Rainbow Maker

Sarah, 6
Elan Valley, Radnorshire

Sarah lives in a beautiful part of Radnorshire and wants to share her magical, mossy waterfall with everyone. Sometimes when the light shines through the spray a rainbow is born. She has a jar full of rainbows that are guarded by the fountain frog.

 

Wild spaces allow children to play, learn and reconnect with nature.

 

Discover your wild life with Radnorshire 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 Adventure Playground

Holly, 12
Stricklands Glen, Bangor

Holly loves playing in the Glen, where she can clamber on boulders, splash in muddy puddles and let her imagination run free.

Wild places let our imaginations (and feet!) run free.

Find your wild life with Ulster 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 Career Path

Dale
Rutland Water Nature Reserve

As a Trainee Reserves officer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Dale is lucky enough that he can take his passion for wildlife to work with him, with a job that will set him up for a career in conservation. He loves to tread the paths winding between the lagoons and the woodlands: only a few feet from the road, but in a world of his own with wildlife.

 

Wild places provide opportunities and inspiration for all ages.

 

Find 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 secret garden

Izzy
Bluebell Wood, Pembrokeshire

Izzy loves being in wild places like this bluebell wood. The colours, smells, sounds and textures make her happy and healthy.

 

Wild places improve our health and wellbeing, no matter what age you are.

 

Discover your wild life with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

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 City Break

Kathryn
Camley Street Nature Park, London

The hustle and bustle of city life melts away when Kathryn visits Camley Street Natural Park. Without leaving central London, she can go from man-made soaring skyscrapers to an oasis-like tranquillity, where even clearing litter from the canal is stress free. Using data from over 10,000 people, researchers found that on average both lower mental distress and higher wellbeing are linked with living in those urban areas that possess more green space[i].

 

Wild places give everyone the chance to relax around nature.

 

Find your wild life with London Wildlife Trust www.wildlondon.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] White, M. P. et al., Feelings of restoration from recent nature visits, Journal of Environmental Psychology (2013) 35, 40–51.

Image Credit Trevor Ray Hart

My Classroom

Charlotte
West Runton, Norfolk

Charlotte’s delight in learning about unusual creatures is even more special when she can find them herself. Norfolk Wildlife Trust inspires thousands of children with hands-on experiences, encouraging all ages to care for Norfolk’s wildlife.

Wild places allow our imaginations (and feet!) to run wild.

Find your inspiration with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Your Wild Life awaits.

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 Out-of-Office

Andrew
Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, London

When Andrew gets away from his desk, he likes to escape to the Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve. From bramble bashing to bonfire building and clearing ponds, he’s always learning new ways to look after and love the wildlife around him.

 

Urban green spaces help people fall in love with nature.

 

Find your wild life with London Wildlife Trust www.wildlondon.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 Wonderland

Alice
Brandon Marsh, Coventry

Alice loves to explore her Wonderland, taking tea with the Mad Hatter and grinning with the Cheshire Cat. Playing in the leaves she might find a rogue hedgehog, taking refuge from the Queen of Hearts. Just like Alice, you don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to explore Wonderland, it’s right in front of your eyes.

 

Wild spaces allow our imaginations to run free.

 

Find your wild life with Warwickshire 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 social network

Keith, Rob & Tim
Newlands Corner, Surrey

Keith, Rob and Tim met whilst volunteering with the Trust. It’s a great way to make new friends, whilst helping to improve your local wild spaces.

 

Wild places bring communities together so you can meet your neighbours, whatever species they are.

 

Discover your wild life with Surrey 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 Hair of the Dog

James & Claire
Newlands Corner, Surrey

After a Friday night out on the town James and Claire love a brisk morning walk at Newlands Corner to blow away the cobwebs.

Wild places can make us feel more mentally alert and lively.

Discover your wild life with Surrey 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 Relaxation

Keith
Eardisland, Herefordshire

Being outdoors and surrounded by nature is important to Keith. Getting out by the river after a day at the office is the perfect wind down.

To discover some beautiful outdoor spaces to relax in near you and find your wild life.
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My school

Ewan
Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Nature is very important to me. Nature is my school. When I was a baby I enjoyed going on long walks in the sling, in the woods and mountains with my Mummy and Daddy. Now I am four I can walk a long way myself. Daddy takes me to the mountains with him, where we wild camp and explore in the hills and valleys. I enjoy going on adventures closer to home with my little sister and my mummy. A very special place for me is Haywoods where I go to Forest School twice a week. I love playing in the woods, making dens, climbing and playing with other children. I am going to miss Forest School when I have to leave in the summer, but hope to find a new one next year. I also love spending time digging on the beach and exploring rock pools, where I can spend whole days.

 

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My Gateway

John
Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, Nottinghamshire

John has been attending the Recovery Project at Idle Valley Nature Reserve for three years. After being diagnosed with Dyslexia and getting bullied for several years at school, he was left with chronic low self-esteem. Idle Valley has been a gateway to a new life: skill-based work (like woodwork and gardening) and a strong social group have given him the confidence to start applying for jobs.

Wild places build confidence and open doors to new experiences.

Find your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.

 

Check out the Recovery Project at Idle Valley – http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/campaigns/details/Recovery

My Classroom

Issy, 15
Blashford Lakes, Hampshire

For Issy, wildlife is all about learning. It’s her enormous outdoor classroom.

 

Wild places sets us free to explore.

 

Discover your wild life with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

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My Other World

Phillip
Astley Moss , Manchester

Philip has been helping to restore Manchester Mosslands for twenty years, helping these rare wetlands to recover. He works in front of a computer most of the time, so he has always enjoyed the exercise and fresh air, and now has the satisfaction of seeing his years of hard work pay off.

 

Volunteering in wild places gives you a chance to make a difference to Britain’s rarest landscapes.

 

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 Windswept Lands

Ben
Norfolk Wildlife Trust Ranworth Broad, Norfolk

BBC presenter, Ben Garrod, loves Norfolk’s huge skies, breath-taking beauty and its untamed wild side: so much so he has become Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s first Ambassador, helping to inspire others to fall in love with nature.

Discover your wild life with Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

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