Sorrel has been birdwatching all of her life with her grandparents. She is passionate about promoting wildlife to children at her school and through her local Wildlife Watch group. She loves the wide-eyed wonder that children experience when they connect with nature, and wants to make birdwatching more accessible to everyone.
Wild spaces allow young people to reconnect with and share their love of nature.
Sarah lives in a beautiful part of Radnorshire and wants to share her magical, mossy waterfall with everyone. Sometimes when the light shines through the spray a rainbow is born. She has a jar full of rainbows that are guarded by the fountain frog.
Wild spaces allow children to play, learn and reconnect with nature.
As a Trainee Reserves officer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Dale is lucky enough that he can take his passion for wildlife to work with him, with a job that will set him up for a career in conservation. He loves to tread the paths winding between the lagoons and the woodlands: only a few feet from the road, but in a world of his own with wildlife.
Wild places provide opportunities and inspiration for all ages.
The hustle and bustle of city life melts away when Kathryn visits Camley Street Natural Park. Without leaving central London, she can go from man-made soaring skyscrapers to an oasis-like tranquillity, where even clearing litter from the canal is stress free. Using data from over 10,000 people, researchers found that on average both lower mental distress and higher wellbeing are linked with living in those urban areas that possess more green space[i].
Wild places give everyone the chance to relax around nature.
Charlotte’s delight in learning about unusual creatures is even more special when she can find them herself. Norfolk Wildlife Trust inspires thousands of children with hands-on experiences, encouraging all ages to care for Norfolk’s wildlife.
Wild places allow our imaginations (and feet!) to run wild.
When Andrew gets away from his desk, he likes to escape to the Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve. From bramble bashing to bonfire building and clearing ponds, he’s always learning new ways to look after and love the wildlife around him.
Urban green spaces help people fall in love with nature.
Alice loves to explore her Wonderland, taking tea with the Mad Hatter and grinning with the Cheshire Cat. Playing in the leaves she might find a rogue hedgehog, taking refuge from the Queen of Hearts. Just like Alice, you don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to explore Wonderland, it’s right in front of your eyes.
Nature is very important to me. Nature is my school. When I was a baby I enjoyed going on long walks in the sling, in the woods and mountains with my Mummy and Daddy. Now I am four I can walk a long way myself. Daddy takes me to the mountains with him, where we wild camp and explore in the hills and valleys. I enjoy going on adventures closer to home with my little sister and my mummy. A very special place for me is Haywoods where I go to Forest School twice a week. I love playing in the woods, making dens, climbing and playing with other children. I am going to miss Forest School when I have to leave in the summer, but hope to find a new one next year. I also love spending time digging on the beach and exploring rock pools, where I can spend whole days.
Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, Nottinghamshire
John has been attending the Recovery Project at Idle Valley Nature Reserve for three years. After being diagnosed with Dyslexia and getting bullied for several years at school, he was left with chronic low self-esteem. Idle Valley has been a gateway to a new life: skill-based work (like woodwork and gardening) and a strong social group have given him the confidence to start applying for jobs.
Wild places build confidence and open doors to new experiences.
Philip has been helping to restore Manchester Mosslands for twenty years, helping these rare wetlands to recover. He works in front of a computer most of the time, so he has always enjoyed the exercise and fresh air, and now has the satisfaction of seeing his years of hard work pay off.
Volunteering in wild places gives you a chance to make a difference to Britain’s rarest landscapes.
Find your wild life with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside www.lancswt.org.uk
BBC presenter, Ben Garrod, loves Norfolk’s huge skies, breath-taking beauty and its untamed wild side: so much so he has become Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s first Ambassador, helping to inspire others to fall in love with nature.