Ffion has had the chance to discover her wild life thanks to funding for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s outreach sessions in Solihull. Her mum now brings her to Nature Tots as often as she is able to, and Ffion loves getting muddy!
Wild places let children’s imaginations (and feet) run wild!
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex
David works as a paramedic under a lot of stress with unpredictable hours, so he comes to Thurrock Thameside Nature Park on his days off to collect his thoughts. Walking his dog here helps him to recharge his batteries.
Wild places can take the weight off your shoulders.
In his few years of angling and rock pooling, Archie’s made good friends with fish, crabs, limpets and anemones. And he’s finding new mates all the time. A study has shown that connection to nature is a strong predictor of children’s interests in environmentally-friendly practices.[i]
Wild places help children grow up with a love for nature.
[i] Cheng, J. C-H and Monroe, M.C. (2012) Connection to Nature: Children’s Affective Attitude Toward Nature. Environment and Behavior 44: 31–49
My Green Grocers
Camley Street Nature Park, London
Growing fruit and vegetables takes Raymond back to a childhood spent outdoors in his mum’s garden. At Camley Street Natural Park, a small pocket of wild green space just behind King’s Cross station in London, he gets to reconnect with nature, and his memories, while growing food and producing something he’s proud of.
Urban green spaces provide the chance to enjoy some of nature’s finest ingredients.
By filming Kimmeridge Bay’s underwater wildlife, Andy’s on a mission to open our eyes to the magic and diversity that lies hidden just below the surface. He’s proud to show how other-worldly our own world’s species can be.
Wild places can inspire us to explore our world and learn more about it.
Elaine has spent her life surrounded by wild places; when she started to volunteer with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust she realised that nature conservation was the job of her dreams. As well as looking after nine nature reserves, she coordinates volunteers and works to inspire the next generation to look after wildlife, too.
Wild places provide careers, opportunities and inspiration for all ages.
Rob’s job keeps him very busy, whether it’s building a bridge, planting an orchard, monitoring butterflies or maintaining paths. His workload is made easier, though, with the help of valued volunteers.
You can get involved in projects to nurture the natural environment too.
When he’s not studying at Cumbria University, Ian enjoys volunteering at Thacka Beck. As well as being great for wildlife, this wetland nature reserve helps to protect Penrith from flooding when the river is in spate and allows urban children and adults to connect with nature. A study in Devon has shown that wilder ‘culm’ grasslands can store up to five times as much water as intensively managed grasslands.[i]
Wild places keep water in nature and out of our homes.
Filip likes to get stuck in – into waders, into water, into peat – out in nature. Having tried various careers, once Filip dipped his toe into the world of conservation he was hooked and knew he’d found his lifelong path.
Wild places offer opportunities, careers and inspiration for all ages.
The future of our wildlife is important to Peter. Not only because of the crucial role it plays in keeping our society and environment happy and healthy, but also because of the enjoyment it brings to him and his grandsons every day. By leaving a gift in his will to The Wildlife Trusts, Peter is helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy wildlife and wild places as much as he has.
A gift in your will can help ensure a better future for wildlife and people.
Stephen walks around his local patch in the Somerset Levels once or twice a week throughout the year. He looks and listens carefully to discover the wild creatures hidden in the reedbed and surrounding woods. Experiencing the changes in the seasons in this special place gives him a very personal connection with the landscape, as well as inspiring his work as a nature writer and wildlife television producer.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust is working with Moorfield Primary school in Irlam to deliver both indoor and outdoor education on the mossland habitat. This includes the history of the area, and the changing relationship that people in the community have had with the landscape around them.
Wild places help children understand the world around them.