Poppy plays with molehills, watches deer and birds, and nestles in the trunks of ancient trees to get in touch with her roots. Poppy’s father was an inspirational Restoration Officer at the Great Fen – this is the place he loved best, the place where he nurtured a huge vision of the future. He died a month after she was born, and Sarah, Poppy’s mum returns often for them to share these special places together – and for Poppy Willow Hope to start on her own wonderful adventure.
Wild places connect us with our past, present and future.
Deborah loves to feel connected to wildlife. Thanks to the Forest School at Moston Fairway, funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, she gets to do this all the time as part of her education. Searching for (and picking!) spiders has taught her about respecting wildlife, treating it kindly and that it’s not that scary.
Wild places build confidence and give children a chance to be themselves.
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Mahesh & Tanvi
Chinthurst Hill, Surrey
Mahesh doesn’t get much time to see Tanvi during the week so weekend adventures with the Trust are a must.
Urban green spaces provide the chance to enjoy some of nature’s finest ingredients.
Always fascinated by wildlife, Sophie has pursued a career in nature conservation through formal education and traineeships.
She now works as an ecologist, working to conserve Herefordshire’s landscape and wildlife.
Wild places support jobs, develop careers and encourage us to treasure the world around us.
Find out about volunteering, work experience and traineeships and find your wild life.
Tree climbing is one of Harvey and Frank’s favourite things. Challenging themselves to test their bodies and nerves to the ‘max’, they love scaling trees wherever they can find them. Allowing our children to test themselves, to get out of their comfort zone and to learn how to assess risks are vital skills for life, plus showing children that nature is more exhilarating than ‘screen activities’ is a positive step in getting a balance in their tech-laden lives.
We go into wildlife and connect everyday. We especially love the bluebells at Bradbury clump in Oxfordshire. We love to bug hunt and look for any other creatures, my daughter loves ants. We are a wild family and continued the 30 days wild, why stop there’s so much to explore 🙂
Before our children were even born, we made the decision that we wanted the outdoors and nature to be a big part of their lives. They love going to woods and lakes and often ask to go for a walk when they are bored. They love spotting different flowers and birds and have become really good at identifying them. Both of them describe themselves as explorers and wear their backpacks with pride collecting leaves and pine cones as they go. Whether it’s the woods, or fields, the hills or the lakes, our children feel very at home outdoors and there is no better feeling than seeing the excitement build up in them when they start an adventure and the sense of achievement and pride they feel when they succeed in completing a challenge whether it be identifying everything on a pond dipping session, so reaching the top of a really big hill. Without nature, life would be so much more boring…
I make videos for Brockholes Wildlife Reserve and hope to attract new visitors through showing people on the internet what they are likely to see and what they might see if they get lucky. I enjoy making wildlife documentaries and meeting new people. Getting out and capturing new animals on video is always exciting, especially seeing people’s reaction to the footage. I feel I’m making a real difference through video and helping to put Brockholes on the global map.
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.
Playing tig, hide-and-seek, splashing in muddy puddles, kicking through leaves and seeing what’s under that rock or in that tree – Emma and Ruby love heading to wild places and nature reserves at the weekend because there’s so much fun they can have.
Outdoors in nature, children’s imaginations (and their feet) can run wild.
Ben grew up at the Naze paddling in the sea and looking for sharks’ teeth. After graduation, he returned to the landscape he loves to help local people experience the wonders of the natural world, but also understand the threats it faces, such as climate change and biodiversity loss. The State of Nature report in 2013 showed that 60% of UK species we know about are in decline.
Wild places help us understand the changing world around us and the need for action on your doorstep.
Acclaimed underwater photographer Paul Naylor has been diving and capturing images of life in the waters around the British coast for years, with over 2,000 dives to his name. He knows the impact that marine pollution, such as raw sewage, can have on our fragile sealife. He’s also seen how diverse and spectacular underwater wild places can be when they’re allowed to recover and flourish. The wildlife that calls this place home may look tropical, but it can be found right here in Britain and for Paul and his family, there’s nowhere they would rather be.
EU legislation has made sure we cleaned up our seas, making them healthier for wildlife and people.
For Lucy, the wind and salty spray of the Atlantic Ocean is more relaxing than any spa treatment and being surrounded by amazing wildlife, like Common Dolphins, Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoise makes it even more magical. 28 miles off the Cornish mainland, the Isles of Scilly are in fact a SPA. The islands are designated as a Special Protection Area due to their international importance for breeding seabirds. This gives Lucy greater confidence these beautiful islands will be protected.
The EU has protected 275 Special Protection Areas for birds in the UK.
Cara and Niamh visited Roe Valley Co Pk, Limavady last year to look for dippers.
As they waited to spot a dipper on a small ‘river beach’ they began to act out a play to entertain me – they’d had their face painted earlier that day. Watching the children play with the stunning backdrop of the Roe Valley, thoughts of dippers were momentarily forgotten.
This photo is taken at the end of the play as I applaud them and Cara hugs her little sister for doing such a great job as an actor in her wild theatre.