For Peter, migration marks the changing of the seasons; when the wading birds begin to visit his local marsh, he knows that autumn is here. He watches nature scientifically, recording the movements of the wildlife that he loves.
Tony, environmentalist and author, gets inspiration from being outside. His dogs do too. Growing up with a passion for the natural world, progressing to ornithology, a deep and growing conviction of the need to value and protect all aspects of the world’s resources has led to the campaigner he is today.
Roy enjoys birdwatching at least once a week with his friends; he finds it very relaxing and enjoyable, especially if they find something rare. For Roy, watching wildlife is about enjoying what God has given him.
Wild places keep us mentally, socially and physically active.
Andrew and Adrian, volunteers and pioneering walkers of The Rothschild Way. Both have tirelessly raised funds and put in countless hours to the best cause they know – nature. And they know they are following in giant footsteps – those of the ultimate conservation pioneer Charles Rothschild.
Wild places link us to the past, present and future.
Cathy, shepherdess, and her border collie Lady have a strong bond with each other – and with nature. From the moment she owned her first lamb Cathy knew that shepherding was the life for her; tending flocks of rare breed sheep and training sheep dogs is her calling.
Wild places offer careers, opportunities and inspiration for all ages.
Jo works as a counsellor; after a stressful day, identifying and exploring wildflowers, using skills and knowledge learned from her mum, helps her to unwind and refocus. The peace and tranquility of the meadow help her to leave the everyday world behind and get away from it all for a few hours.
Wild places provide tranquility in the busiest of lives.
With two boys growing up in an increasingly electronics based world I encourage them to match their Screen Time with Green Time, a concept I heard about through Project Wild Thing. At weekends we try to match time spent playing games or using tablets with time spent outdoors as a family. Having special places like Langdon Nature Reserve on our doorstep means its never hard to tempt them outside, usually to climb trees, go geocaching or pond dipping. I want my boys to grow up connected to the natural world as well as the world wide web!
Steph usually prefers to be behind the camera. Whether it’s documenting the impact of nature conservation projects or photographing wildlife, there’s no need for fancy studio lights or equipment: the perfect colours of nature and the seasons are all Steph needs.
Wild Places allows us to capture moments that we can have forever.
Iolo Williams, BBC TV naturalist, loves visiting Parc Slip Nature Reserve near Bridgend. It’s the perfect wildlife day and the arable fields inspire him in his personal and professional life – a fantastic place for wildlife and humans alike.
Wild places provide us with tranquillity and inspiration
Wendy has been a regular volunteer bird ringer at Teifi Marsh ever since her son tragically committed suicide. Being out in the mornings with the birds gave Wendy a sense of peace and purpose again. The experience of being close to wildlife was her life saver in a dark time.
Wild places bring us peace of mind in the darkest of times.
Whilst researching his family history, Vic found that many of his ancestors were connected to wild places, such as gamekeepers, shepherds, millers, gardeners or agricultural labourers. His lifelong love of nature, as a hillwalker, caver, birdwatcher and moth-trapper felt almost hereditary.
Wild places connect us to the past, present and future.
Craig gives up his time volunteering in the Bluebell Community Garden. Transforming the garden into a positive space for local people to enjoy, Craig has felt himself become relaxed and happier, and he knows that the garden will bring the same joy to others.
Big or small, overgrown or manicured, together, our gardens are a vast living landscape.