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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 Recovery Plan

My Wild Life
Michelle, 30, Chestnut Farm, Lincolnshire

my Observatory

My Wild Life
Bill, Hampstead Heath, London

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my Playlist

My Wild Life
Anne, Malvern, Worcestershire

my Recovery

My Wild Life
Simone, Stanley Moss, Durham

my Local Takeaway

My Wild Life
Dan, Studland Bay, Dorset

my Night Club

My Wild Life
Ania & Becky, Longrun Meadow, Taunton, Somerset

my Community Centre

My Wild Life
Carol, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

my Dreamtime

My Wild Life
Suzie, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Radnorshire

my Coffee Shop

My Wild Life
Dawn & Ann, Georges Hayes Nature Reserve, Staffordshire

my Dirty Weekend

My Wild Life
Gary, Nathan, Tony and Adrian, Snape Marshes, Suffolk

my Tea Break

My Wild Life
Steve & Keith , Bonny Wood, Stowmarket, Suffolk

my Wild Time

My Wild Life
The Cabaras, Herefordshire

my treasure

my wild life
Rob, Tiddesley Wood, Worcestershire

my alarm clock

My Wild Life
Amy, Whisby Nature Park

my Office

My Wild Life
Deborah , Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast

my Life Cycle

My Wild Life
Sandra , North Northumberland

my Secret Garden

My Wild Life
Sofia, 6, Springdale Farm Nature Reserve, Gwent

My Recovery Plan

Michelle, 30
Chestnut Farm, Lincolnshire

Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2014. After undergoing a life-saving operation and an intensive chemotherapy course, she is on the road to recovery. Wild life has always been a big part of her life, but since falling ill she has found that birdwatching and wild places have given her the strength to make sure that her illness doesn’t dominate her life. And she can’t wait to get back to bird-ringing!

 

Wild places encourage our minds and bodies to recover from illness.

 

Discover your wild life with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

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My Observatory

Bill
Hampstead Heath, London

Bill has spent much of his life on Hampstead Heath. Although he feels like he’s miles away from anywhere, a break in the trees offers one of the best views of London City – when it’s clear he can almost see to the south coast. He’s done a lot of birding here and the heath has inspired Bill’s songs, scripts and articles.

 

Urban green spaces give everyone the chance to relax around nature.

 

Find your wild life with the 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 Playlist

Anne
Malvern, Worcestershire

Anne loves nothing more than visiting a woodland at any time of year to immerse herself in the natural sounds and to get away from the noises of every day life.

Wild landscapes help us to discover nature’s treasures and escape from the bustle of everyday life.

Find your wild life with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk 

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 Recovery

Simone
Stanley Moss, Durham

After undergoing brain surgery, Simone suffered from severe headaches and was worried that she would find volunteering with Durham Wildlife Trust too strenuous; in fact, she has found that the fresh air soothes her aches, helping her to feel happy and healthy again. A study revealed that hospital patients with a view of nature from their hospital room recovered from surgery and illness faster than those who had a view of a built environment[i].

Simone says: “I had brain surgery in March last year and suffered from headaches afterwards, especially when I was working on a computer. When I decided to pursue my passion for wildlife, I was worried that the headaches would get worse, but they disappear completely when I’m volunteering outside.  Some of our volunteers have had mental health problems and working in these wild landscapes has really helped them, too.  I’ve learned loads of new things and met so many interesting people: it’s really therapeutic, and has made me feel happier and healthier again.”

Wild places encourage our minds and bodies to recover from illness.

Find your wild life with Durham Wildlife Trust www.durhamwt.com

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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[i] Kaplan, R. (2001) The nature of the view from home. Journal of Environment and Behaviour, 33, 507–542.

Maller, C., Townsend, M., Pryor, A., Brown, P. & St Leger, L. (2006).  Healthy Nature Healthy People: ‘contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations. Health Promotion International, 21, 45–54.

My Local Takeaway

Dan
Studland Bay, Dorset

At dusk, when Dan’s done passing on his love for nature with others, he follows the terns and goes fishing and foraging for dinner; often cooking it on the beach.

 

Wild places keep our world rich with wonder and healthy food.

 

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

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 Night Club

Ania & Becky
Longrun Meadow, Taunton, Somerset

Ania and Becky know that wildlife can be found in unexpected places at unusual times, and surveying bats in the centre of Taunton at night is nothing out of the ordinary for them.

Discover your wild life with Somerset Wildlife Trust.

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My Community Centre

Carol
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex

To Carol, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park is a wild oasis in an industrial area; as a volunteer, she has made new friends and she enjoys giving back to the place that has become a social hub for the area.

 

Wild places bring urban communities together.

 

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 Dreamtime

Suzie
Gilfach Nature Reserve, Radnorshire

As Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Officer, Suzie delights in exploring reserves finding new ways to engage with people of all ages. From sliding down grassy banks, creating story trails, river dipping, salmon watching or walks in the woodland, she can find something for everyone.

 

Wild places and activities allow you to reconnect with nature.

 

Discover your wild life with Radnorshire 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 Coffee Shop

Dawn & Ann
Georges Hayes Nature Reserve, Staffordshire

Friends Dawn and Ann meet up every fortnight for a walk and a catch up on one of their local nature reserves.

Wild places keep us physically, socially and mentally active.

Find your wild life with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

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My Dirty Weekend

Gary, Nathan, Tony and Adrian
Snape Marshes, Suffolk

What’s a little bit of mud between friends? Gary, Nathan, Tony and Adrian love getting stuck into volunteering – and it gives them an excuse to get a little bit mucky.

Make your weekends a little dirtier – join a work party.

Find your wild life with Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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My Tea Break

Steve & Keith
Bonny Wood, Stowmarket, Suffolk

A brilliant conservation team, Keith and Steve tour the county helping nature reserves in need.

Wild places provide opportunities for everyone.

Find your wild life with Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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My Wild Time

The Cabaras
Herefordshire

Building dens, climbing trees, mountain biking or looking for fairies, Jane and her family can spend hours getting close to nature in the woods near their home.

Wild places allow us to create precious memories with our families.

Discover your wild life.

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my treasure

Rob
Tiddesley Wood, Worcestershire

Standing out in plain sight or hidden away in dark secret corners, Rob finds unimagined treasures of the natural world. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserves, your garden or local green space hold treasures for you to find.

 

Wild places provide endless opportunities for learning and discovery.

 

Find your wild life with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust www.worcswildlifetrust.co.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 alarm clock

Amy
Whisby Nature Park

For Amy, sunrises at Whisby Nature Park are worth the early starts. She feels like the only person for miles, even with Lincoln city centre close by, and relishes the chance to watch and photograph the secret lives of the wildlife around her. Photography is a chance to express her creativity, getting to know her subjects, their habits and behaviour. In the summer, she might get to hear a nightingale, too! Wild spaces help us to create and treasure special memories.

 

Wildlife and wild places are closer than you think.

 

Find your wild life with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust www.lincstrust.org.uk

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My Office

Deborah
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast

Deborah is Ulster Wildlife’s Nature Reserves Officer. Alongside a team of dedicated volunteers, she works to protect our special places to help both wildife and people thrive.

Wild places offer opportunities, careers and inspiration to people of all ages.

Find your wild life with Ulster Wildlife Trust.

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My Life Cycle

Sandra
North Northumberland

Cycling through the changing seasons on the quiet country lanes of North Northumberland – stunning. From the wildlife – regularly seeing buzzards, kestrels, hares and seals, and the rarer glimpses of foxes and badgers – to the seasonal excitement of the first wild garlic leaves on the riverbanks in spring (and thoughts of wild garlic pesto for dinner!) to the first ripe blackberries glimpsed in the hedgerows in late summer. All of this against the stunning backdrop of the Northumberland hills, or the stunning coastline with gorgeous long sandy beaches and castles.

Every time I set out on my bike, all year round, I feel so lucky to be spending time in this amazing living landscape. This is my Cycle of Life – I love it, and it makes me feel alive.

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My Secret Garden

Sofia, 6
Springdale Farm Nature Reserve, Gwent

In the woods, Sofia can do anything, be anyone. We’re here to make sure children can grow up near nature and let their imaginations run wild.

 

Wild places creates a sense of freedom.

 

Find your wild life with Gwent Wildlife Trust.

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