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  • 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 Opening Night

My Wild Life
Emily, 14, Welcombe Hills, Stratford-Upon-Avon

my Fairytale

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

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my Family

My Wild Life
Becky, 26, Rutland Water Nature Reserve

my Reward

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

my Storytime

My Wild Life
Mel, 38 & Amelia, 3 1/2, Petersfield, Hampshire

my Springboard

My Wild Life
South Staffs Water, Sedgley Beacon

my Social Network

My Wild Life
Jen, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Hickling Broad, Norfolk

my Tranquility

My Wild Life
Bill, Kimmeridge, Dorset

my Honeypot

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

my Thermostat

My Wild Life
Elspeth, Astley Moss , Manchester

my Social Network

My Wild Life
Mike, Bernard, John and John, Gobions Wood, Hertfordshire

my Therapy

My Wild Life
Laurence, Davies Meadow Pear Orchard, Herefordshire

my New Build

My Wild Life
Jan, Exmoor

my Social Network

My Wild Life
Dom, IDLE VALLEY NATURE RESERVE, RETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

my Discovery

My Wild Life
Keira (age 8), Houghton, Cumbria

my Breath of Fresh Air

My Wild Life
Michael, Stanley Moss, Durham

my Retirement

My Wild Life
Malcolm, Blashford Lake, Hampshire

My Opening Night

Emily, 14
Welcombe Hills, Stratford-Upon-Avon

In the drama of the open spaces around her, Emily can play the role of a lifetime. She knows the wildlife of the nature reserve as intimately as Yorick knew Hamlet, and with an audience of birds, bees and wildflowers, she can set her imagination free.

Experience the theatre of nature for yourself.

Discover your wild life with Warwickshire 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 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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Image Credit Kathryn Edwards

 

My Family

Becky, 26
Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water has been a part of Becky’s life since she was 15. She has grown up with the staff and volunteers as her extended family and closest friends. At the age of 16, she met her partner, Lloyd at the reserve, and they have been together ever since. The landscape is a homefrom home for her, as well as providing her with a career: from being a volunteer herself, Becky now coordinates the reserve’s community of over 400 volunteers.

Wild places help us fall in love with people and nature.

Find your wild life with Leicestershire and Rutland 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 Reward

Carole
Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Carole has been volunteering at Idle Valley for seven years now; whilst she used to get involved with the heavy work out on the reserve, the garden is now her domain, working with the Recovery project. As well as giving her the chance to grow flowers, plants and vegetables for use in the café, she gets to work with people in society who need her time, patience and friendship the most, which is incredibly rewarding.

Green spaces provide a chance to enjoy some of nature’s finest ingredients.

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

My Storytime

Mel, 38 & Amelia, 3 1/2
Petersfield, Hampshire

Amelia loves nothing more than taking her fairytales out onto a natural stage.

Wild places are magical.

Discover your wild life with Hampshire and Isle of Wight 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 Springboard

South Staffs Water
Sedgley Beacon

Sedgley Beacon will be springing into life this May thanks to green-fingered volunteers from South Staffs Water. Working in partnership with The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, the team of water employees spent a day gardening on top of the covered in reservoir in the hope of encouraging more wildlife to the site.

Work on the local landmark, which is funded through the Nature Improvement Area, started last year with the creation of a new wildflower meadow.

This year South Staffs Water employees have turned their attention to planting new hedgerows and renovating existing ones, sowing more wildflowers and clearing the site of litter.

Alex Martin, head of water strategy at South Staffs Water, said: “The day at Sedgley was a great opportunity to get out of the office to see and physically participate in what we are trying to do through our biodiversity and community engagement strategies. There was some hard work to be done but it was also great fun.’

South Staffs Water plan to continue their work at Sedgley Beacon, helping the Wildlife Trust to realise their plans of returning the site to its former beauty as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

 

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My Social Network

Jen
Norfolk Wildlife Trust Hickling Broad, Norfolk

Jen doesn’t need her phone to get connected – she can hear the tweeting of birds, see the flicker of sunlight in the reeds and share her interest in wildlife with like-minded people. All while taking action to improve important habitats for wildlife.

Wild places keep us socially, mentally and physically active.

Discover your wild life with Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

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My Tranquility

Bill
Kimmeridge, Dorset

Bill finds peace and calm by the sea; returning all he catches and sharing the beauty and solitude with birds and marine mammals.

Wild places give us time out from the routine.

 

 

(c) Carol Elliot

My Honeypot

Phil
Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Phil is a volunteer with the Recovery Project at Idle Valley Nature Reserve; he’s always had an interest in nature, but was inspired to volunteer when he was given the chance to help tend the honeybees. As well as acting as a friend to those attending the project for health reasons, he has the satisfaction of knowing that his hard work in the garden goes straight back into the local café.

Wild places feed our minds, bodies and souls.

Find your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.

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

My Thermostat

Elspeth
Astley Moss , Manchester

As the Chat Moss Project Officer for Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Elspeth is helping to restore the wild peatland landscape that has been drained for over 200 years.

Wild peatlands capture and store carbon, reducing the impact of climate change and temperature increase.

Find your wild life with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside 

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 Social Network

Mike, Bernard, John and John
Gobions Wood, Hertfordshire

For our regular volunteers, weekly work parties on our nature reserves are not just about helping to protect local wildlife. They are also a chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and enjoy being outdoors at the same time.

Wild places keep us mentally, socially and physically active.

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 Therapy

Laurence
Davies Meadow Pear Orchard, Herefordshire

Laurence suffers less from depression since he started conserving orchards. Playing a part in the management of places which support wildlife is proven to improve wellbeing, and you don’t need to be ill to get better.

Find your wild life and volunteer for your Wildlife Trust.

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My New Build

Jan
Exmoor

We moved to Exmoor five years ago and are totally in love with this area. I live with my husband and two lively dogs in between the moors and sea and am lucky enough to be able to walk for a couple of hours most days. Natural history and wildlife has been part of my life since I first started taking an interest in the outside world at around the age of 5. I have a special interest in ponds and aquatic life after seeing the fascinating mini pond world I visited at age 7 bulldozed to make way for a new housing development. That image has always stuck with me and now wherever I move to I always create a pond and wildlife garden and try to live in harmony with nature.

 

 

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My Social Network

Dom
IDLE VALLEY NATURE RESERVE, RETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Dom’s job as Recovery Project Leader at Idle Valley combines his two passions, working with people and nature. As well as having the satisfaction of watching this special wild place blossom under proper care, he can see the difference every day that he, and the project, makes to those most in need of mental assistance, support and friendship.

Wild places bring communities together.

Find your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.

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

My Discovery

Keira (age 8)
Houghton, Cumbria

Look – a boatman! Keira’s delight in learning about unusual creatures is even more special when she can find them herself. Less than 10% of children ever play in natural areas, compared to 40% of today’s adults who did so as children[i].

 

Wild places provide endless opportunities for learning and discovery.

 

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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 Breath of Fresh Air

Michael
Stanley Moss, Durham

Michael looks after Stanley Moss Nature Reserve in County Durham; he loves the serenity of the area and the different wildlife that he can see. The area was once used for coal mining, and was drained and planted with conifer trees. Now Michael is helping to restore the peat bog and raise the water levels, which will act as a valuable carbon sink.
English peatlands are estimated to contain around 584 million tonnes of carbon. If released into the atmosphere this equates to around five years of England’s total annual CO2 emissions.

 

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

 

Find your wild life with Durham 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 Retirement

Malcolm
Blashford Lake, Hampshire

Malcolm loves volunteering every week at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve where he indulges in his passion for wildlife, keeps active and meets with friends.

 

Wild places keeps us young at heart.

 

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

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