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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 Legacy

My Wild Life
Aidan, Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast

my Time

My Wild Life
Flora, West Bay, Dorset

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my City Escape

My Wild Life
Lizzie , Cardiff

my Magic

My Wild Life
Lucy, Drakes Broughton

my Workshop

My Wild Life
Sarah, Meeth Quarry, Devon

my Soul Food

My Wild Life
Dave, Little Woolden Moss, Manchester

my Muse

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

my Spiritual Haven

Charles , Calgary Beach, Mull

my Retirement

My Wild Life
Dave, Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire

my Social Network

My Wild Life
Rosie, Ellie and Emma , Black Rock Nature Reserve, Somerset

my Climbing Frame

My Wild Life
Eben & Taro, Wisley Common, Surrey

my Connection

My Wild Life
Norman, Cadishead Moss, Manchester

my Perspective

My Wild Life
Stuart, Shotover Country Park, Oxford

my VIP Pass

My Wild Life
Heather, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

my Hole-In-One

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

my Social Network

My Wild Life
Rhys & Richard, Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Bridgend

my Surround Sound

My Wild Life
Harry, 13, Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire

My Legacy

Aidan
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast

Aidan is passionate about this wetland oasis which he helped safeguard from development in the 80’s. It’s his childhood playground, where he spent many happy days of discovery. Now, he loves recording and ringing birds here and passing on his expertise to young naturalists. This is his legacy for wildife and future generations.

Wild places can be enjoyed by people of any age.

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 Time

Flora
West Bay, Dorset

I love being outside with my children, they get so much out of it – even if they’re complaining, the minute you get them outside they become completely content, and that makes us all happy. We love wild swimming and spending time on the beach at West Bay.

I’m also a stained glass artist, and I get a lot of inspiration from being outdoors. As well as doing contemporary work, I do a lot of traditional work where stain glass panels often feature birds and foliage. Whilst I’m out in Dorset there’s plenty to photograph to help me with my work.

Wildlife and being outside makes me feel energised, inspired and invigorated.

 

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My City Escape

Lizzie
Cardiff

Living in the city of Cardiff presents me with the challenge of finding new ways to get up close and personal with wildlife. I am lucky enough to have a large garden in which we have a compost area, a pond and a patch for growing fruit and vegetables!

Since beginning my degree studying Animal behaviour in Cornwall, I have grown to love wildlife and the relationship we share with all species of fauna and flora. However, coming home to a dense urban area packed with concrete roads, makes this relationship with wildlife appear harder to sustain and yet my garden does the exact opposite!

Exploring the garden means I am able to really appreciate the smaller, perhaps more easy to miss wildlife such as caterpillars and damselflies – which are so vital to our ecosystem. Furthermore, having a pond encourages all sorts of wildlife to inhabit or even just pass through the garden such as native great crested newts and hedgehogs looking for a cool damp area to rest.
I love my garden as it allows me to maintain a closer relationship with wildlife, and acts as a my own small city escape.

 

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My Magic

Lucy
Drakes Broughton

Now you see them, now you don’t. Lucy’s daughters love playing in the local park – there are trees to hide behind, mole hills to explore and plenty of space to run around.

 

Wild places provide endless opportunities for learning and discovery.

 

Find your wild life with Worcestershire 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 Workshop

Sarah
Meeth Quarry, Devon

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Meeth Quarry has been transformed. What was once a huge industrial clayworks has become one of Devon Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserves. Now, one local potter is using the site’s history and wildlife as inspiration for her work.

Sarah creates beautiful pottery in her home studio in Hartland. After discovering Meeth Quarry nature reserve, and the clay that was discarded when the site was abandoned, Sarah set about designing a range of very special Meeth inspired mugs.

The clay that was mined at Meeth is ball clay – a very plastic material which is excellent for the mass production of ceramics but not so good for artisan-made mugs. However, Meeth’s clay can still be useful to potters. Its consistency makes it ideal for making into a ‘slip’, a liquid coating in which stoneware is dipped. It’s this little bit of Meeth which lends Sarah’s handsome handmade mugs their distinctive oatmeal colour.

Sarah believes that having the opportunity to be creative is important for people’s wellbeing.

Wildlife and wild places have inspired artists throughout history.

Read the full story by Jasmine Atkinson in Wild Devon, Devon Wildlife Trust’s Members Magazine.

Sarah Jane Lander’s Meeth-inspired mugs are now available to you to purchase exclusively through Devon Wildlife Trust.

Priced at £12.50p plus postage and packaging. You can buy at

• On-line www.devonwildlifetrust.org/shop/

• By telephone 01392 279244 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

• In person at DWT’s Cricklepit Mill, Exeter (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

The mugs will be handmade to order. Please allow 28 days for delivery. All profits from the mug sales will go to support the work of Devon Wildlife Trust.

My Soul Food

Dave
Little Woolden Moss, Manchester

For Dave, the mosslands are not only a place to watch and record birds, but evoke childhood memories of watching wildlife with his father. Only ten miles away from Greater Manchester, he’s always amazed at how peaceful it is. His soul finds nourishment in the landscape.

 

Suburban nature reserves are places of tranquility to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

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 Muse

Mark
Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Mark suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia, meaning that in bustling areas the voices he can hear become overwhelming: they are his muses, but can get overpowering. When he’s outside in the garden, nature takes over and becomes his muse and the voices diminish with the peaceful noises of the natural world. As a full-time carer for his mother, it’s a chance for some well
earned ‘me’ time, too!.

Wild places provide peace and tranquillity, away from the bustle of everyday life.

Find your wild life with your Wildlife Trust

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

My Spiritual Haven

Charles
Calgary Beach, Mull

I am a Chaplain in the NHS, day to day dealing with people at very hard and challenging times of their lives. It is very rewarding but also emotionally and spiritually exhausting. Mull is a special place, a place to recharge my spiritual batteries and reconnect with nature in a remarkably beautiful place. A place of stunning wildlife and astounding landscapes, reminding me of the wonder of creation.

 

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My Retirement

Dave
Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire

A long-serving conservation volunteer, Dave gets a huge amount of satisfaction from using his hands and being outdoors.

Wild places keep us young at heart.

Find your wild life with Staffordshire 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 Social Network

Rosie, Ellie and Emma 
Black Rock Nature Reserve, Somerset

For Ellie, nature reserves are not just great for wildlife, they’re ideal places to take a walk and catch up with friends.

Wild places give us valuable time with friends.

Discover your wild life with Somerset 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 Climbing Frame

Eben & Taro
Wisley Common, Surrey

Eben and Taro don’t need swings and seesaws when they’ve got a living playground just down the road.

 

Wild places lets imagination run wild.

 

Find 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 Connection

Norman
Cadishead Moss, Manchester

Norman has a strong connection to the land, having farmed in the local area for sixty years, and has watched the natural habitats evolve. Most of all he likes being outside in the fresh air, as it’s such a contrast to heading into the city centre a few miles away.

 

Wild places can be found near the busiest urban centres.

 

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 Perspective

Stuart
Shotover Country Park, Oxford

Stuart’s been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for many years, but was only diagnosed in November 2014; after trying several medications and therapies to no avail, he turned to nature for his remedy. He uses his senses to connect to wildlife and wild places; by using his peripheral vision, he can focus on the many shades and variations of nature, distracting his mind from pain. He is now passing this knowledge on to others through nature sensory classes and media work, helping them to focus their minds on the beauty of nature. From Shotover Country Park, he can see from the vibrant city of Oxford all the way to White Horse Hill in Wiltshire: these vast skies and huge landscapes help him keep his pain in perspective.

Wild places help us recover from illness and provide alternative therapies.

Share your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.

Find out more about your Stuart’s work on his website: http://www.stuartmabbuttgardeningltd.com/ 

My VIP Pass

Heather
Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

With her waterproof map on her wrist, Heather doesn’t have to splash out to go on safari. She gets exclusive access to Kimmeridge Bay’s secret world of ever-changing marine wildlife.

 

Wild places attract visitors and investment all year round.

 

Discover your wild life with Dorset 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 Trevor Ray Hart

My Hole-In-One

Paul
IDLE VALLEY NATURE RESERVE, RETFORD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Paul visits Idle Valley every week to carry out manual tasks like digging and tending the garden with the Recovery Project. An alcoholic for many years, he moved to the area to start a new life and has now been five years sober. Although he lives with the long-term effects of the illness, suffering from Epilepsy, when he’s immersed in nature he can forget about the past and concentrate on a brighter future, filled with achievements and laughter.

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 Social Network

Rhys & Richard
Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Bridgend

Dr Rhys Jones, BBC Naturalist, and Dr Richard Cowie regularly meet up on Parc Slip Nature Reserve. They are part of a great network of people who love and protect their local wildlife whilst making new friends. Volunteering in wild places keeps you mentally, physically and socially active.

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

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 Surround Sound

Harry, 13
Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire

After a busy week at school, Harry finds that nothing beats the sights and sounds of a walk in the woods for a complete chill out.

Regular visits to wild places lead to better concentration – in the classroom and out.

Discover your wild life with Nottinghamshire 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.