This is my son Matty aged five at Woods Mill in Sussex, I visited this place as a school child and it has always been a favourite place to visit for my family. Matty is now almost seven and is a keen wildlife photographer. We have seen so much over the years and return regularly at all times of the year.
Kayak adventurer Erin Bastian has been all over the world but sees Cornwall as the holy grail of coastal adventure. From the sea she enjoys a unique perspective of our precious wildlife and knows we work hard to protect it for the future.
John has worked in fisheries management for over 25 years. He has seen our waterways at their best – and their worst. He knows firsthand how devastating unhealthy rivers can be for wildlife and for the people like anglers who enjoy them every day. With the added protection of European legislation, like the Water Framework Directive, The River Frome in Dorset is on the road to recovery. For John, this is now one the most idyllic places in the world and to be able to live and work in this thriving wild place is a dream come true.
EU legislation has made sure we cleaned up our rivers, making them healthier for wildlife and people.
Roger believes that we need to reconnect children with nature and where better to start than with his two year old granddaughter in the park near her home. As she gets older she’ll discover all the fantastic opportunities that the Wildlife Trusts provide to engage young people.
Outdoors in nature, children’s imagination (and their feet) can run wild.
Charlotte is spending her placement year from the University of Cardiff with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust learning valuable surveying and monitoring techniques that she can add to her CV and help her gain a job within the conservation movement when she graduates.
You can get involved in projects to nurture the natural environment too.
Juliet Sargeant was first inspired by nature as a child: when she’s working, her mind often wanders back to playing in the woods with her friends.
She left a career in medicine to train as a Garden Designer and her creative passion is deeply rooted in a sense of place. She believes that spending time in nature is good for us, and designs gardens where people feel well and happy and where children can freely indulge their natural curiosity and playful fantasies. Now, she’s returned to her childhood woodland with her daughter, Amy, to remind herself of her first special wild place and the inspiration that it has provided throughout her life.
Wild places connect us to our pasts, presents and futures.
Discover your wild life with your Wildlife Trust.
You can find out more about Juliet’s work on her website: http://www.julietdesigns.co.uk/
Duke's Wood, Nottinghamshire
For Freddie, every wild place is turned into a storybook world of adventure and new discoveries to create and explore with his brother and sister.
Wild places help children to grow up happy and healthy.
Simon has been restoring Wild Meadows , his home patch for over three years. By planting trees, digging a lake and sowing wildflowers, he is showing how quickly wildlife like otters, badgers and tawny owls can return given the right environment. The Simon King Wildlife Project is one big, wild experiment that he shares with the world over the internet.
Wild places bring local and global communities together.
For her A-Level Photography project, Emily-Jane is taking images of the landscapes that she loves; combining her two passions – photography and wildlife – she can express herself in creative ways. Wild spaces allow people to communicate in creative ways.
Ann and her husband nurture and cultivate specialist sphagnum mosses and vascular plants like bog cranberry for a community area of the moss: they’re kick-starting the vegetation growth on Little Woolden Moss, which will turn the area into a healthy peatland habitat and a valuable carbon sink, after years of peat extraction.
Wild places collect and store carbon from the atmosphere, lessening the impacts of climate change.
Find your wild life with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside www.lancswt.org.uk
Passionate about the oceans and the diverse life that they hold, Bex is lucky enough to be able to teach scuba diving to university students working towards degrees in Ocean Science, Marine Biology, Environmental Science and Civil Engineering at Plymouth University. This provides her with the opportunity to inspire young people to photograph, survey and learn about the incredible marine life and habitats that can be found in and around Plymouth Sound. This underwater world is also a chance for her to escape and find some peace and quiet.
Wild oceans provide food, clean air and endless opportunities for discovery.
I am 12 with ADHD and ASD exploring nature and taking pictures calms me from all the daily hassles of life and I am free to explore all the areas around Weymouth and Portland and other places with my Dad.
I am calmer and feel free when I am watching wildlife and discovering new minibeasts and creatures.
Ollie has been visiting Elvaston Castle all his life, exploring every cave, climbing loads of trees and jumping in as many puddles as possible. From sheltering under towering trees in torrential storms to playing Pooh Sticks, every visit is a new adventure.
Wild places provide endless adventures for children and adults alike.