My love for rivers started with trips out in my Dad’s boats on the Thames and on rivers on our annual caravanning holidays to Scotland or Devon. I have recently been working for Northumberland Rivers Trust on improving river habitats by developing grant schemes with riparian farmers to help them do the best they can for our rivers. It is amazing what ends up in our rivers that shouldn’t and here I am removing a used barbeque tray from my local river. At the same point I collected drinks cans, plastic and glass bottles. However, it was good to see that there was still fresh otter spraint under the bridge despite the rubbish.
Emma balances her digital working life with a love of wildlife and her role as a Watch Group leader. Helping children appreciate the great outdoors, opening up a new world of discovery and shaping the conservationists of the future is the most rewarding thing in her life.
Wild places create memories for children and adults that will last a lifetime.
I can’t think of a time when I have not been fully immersed in some of the wild places of the UK, particularly the South West. I live and work on the Somerset Levels. I have also lived on Dartmoor and worked in the Highlands of Scotland, West Cornwall and Devon – all with huge potential for amazingly raw, wild and spectacular wildlife and natural events.
All of this is my inspiration: I am a jeweller and water-colour artist and my daily walks, sketching trips and photographs are transformed into precious jewellery and artworks. The stories, colours, textures and wildlife of our environment deeply influence my work and are by far the most ‘precious’ materials I work with. I am driven to record the changing world around me on a daily basis and am out enjoying my nature fix, come rain, mist, snow or sun, with my mischievous Labradoodle Merlin!
We see kingfishers, deer, swans, butterflies, starlings, to name but a few. It’s part of what I do, and I could not imagine a day without this inspiring and revitalising world, right outside my door.
Daisy keeps a close eye on the pond she dug to provide extra habitat for water voles: it’s a stepping stone for wildlife moving along the river corridor. She loves to see that as well as water voles using it, so do otters, frogs, toads and dragonflies. You can be part of our Wildlife Trust recovery plan to restore, recreate and reconnect with nature.
People who regularly experience wildlife-rich habitats have lower stress levels.
Exploring wild places provides Sarah with a reality check in the busy, demanding and sometimes stressful modern world. Volunteering for Rutland Water Nature Reserve helps her to understand the relationships between wildlife, all enduring their own struggles for survival, seasonality and renewal, which helps her manage her everyday worries.
Wild places provide tranquillity in the busiest of lives.
After working hard all week, for Cally, there’s nothing better than a gallop along the River Trent at Lady Bay in Nottingham. She shares this wild space with dog walkers, cyclists and other horse riders, who are all making the most of this beautiful spot near the city centre. Whilst the quick pace is exhilarating, Cally also loves to watch the changing seasons all around her, and finds it relaxing being close to nature.
Cally has worked with The Wildlife Trusts for four years. We’re all really sad that she is leaving, and don’t know what we’re going to do without her. It’s wonderful to know that she’s just around the corner though and that she is still going to lead a wild life.
Urban green spaces help us find tranquillity and enjoyment in the busiest of lives.
Sir David Attenborough has travelled the world in search of wildlife and wild spaces. But much closer to home, he can explore the hidden woodland at Crane Park Island, discover flying stag beetles in his garden and marvel at ancient trees in London’s parks.
Having wild places nearby helps people go on their own journeys of discovery.
Nick travels all over the world, exploring remote places in search of wildlife. But he always returns to Norfolk, where he grew up and first discovered nature. Norfolk’s wildlife and wild places remain his passion, his motivation and his inspiration.
Wild places have inspired some of our greatest artists, writers and poets.
Stephen’s office is the great outdoors and he relies on Jess, his trusty canine companion, to graze his grazing stock across 30 different locations. NWT uses a variety of animals on many of its reserves to graze the sites naturally for conservation. This means it can preserve precious wild areas and the public benefits from wonderful, ethically reared meat.
Wild places allow us to enjoy some of nature’s finest ingredients.
Through a network of 20 cameras and a range of Bushnell Trail cameras, I attempt to capture unique footage of the wildlife in my Lichfield garden. From nest boxes, to hedgehogs feeding stations, mammal boxes to bird feeders, I record and share my wildlife on the Internet. My garden has appeared on BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch as well as Gardeners’ World and Midlands Today.
I am passionate about getting people to connect with the wildlife that is right on their doorstep… there is so much you can do in your own space, whether that be a window box or a large garden.