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Do you want your life to be a little more wild? Read on...


We've invited Wildlife Trust staff members and volunteers, teachers and professionals to write blogs on everything from outdoor education to fun-filled activities! Take a look below for ideas, inspiration and tales from some truly wild people!


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Hear from our Wildlife Watchers

Hear inspirational stories, advice and 'wild' ideas from our teenage and young supporters. They share how they spend their wild time, the conservation issues that they are passionate about and tonnes of ways that you can get in touch with nature. 

Take a look here and feel inspired!

 

 




The Problem with Plastic

Plastic is one of the biggest waste products that we use in our day to day life. Cheryl Burns tells you how you can reduce your plastic use.


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Meeting the Mighty

Nicolette Scourse talks about her adventures diving with whale sharks off the coast of Australia

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A brief guide to looking after hedgehogs in your garden

Vine House Farm tell you how you can help the prickly little mammals in your garden. Make sure any spiky visitors to your garden are well fed and well looked after with these great tips.

 
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Eco-coasteering

Us Brits have always loved to be beside the seaside but we usually enjoy it from a deck chair with a 99 in hand. This summer experience the amazing coastline in a new way with a family day out getting up close and personal with the local sea-life. It’s time to ditch the deck chair and wade into the waves!


Find out more!




Gardening for Wildlife in a Small Space!

Ann, from SumoGardener tells us how to make the most of a small space! Just because you might have a small garden, it doesn't mean it can't be a wildlife haven, and look beautiful, too!


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All about The Wildlife Trusts!

Leanne Manchester has been speaking to Garden Life, telling them about why The Wildlife Trusts is important and how everybody can help local wildlife, no matter how small their garden. 


Give it a read. 

 








 


 

Top tips for taking great photographs

 
Want to know how to take great photographs and film, whether you've got a top-end camera or a smartphone? 


Rachel Wilkins from Jessops is here to help! 


Take a look and become a pro. 



 


 

London's Wildest Swims!

Charlotte Graham-Spouge visited some wild swimming destinations, and here's what she thought...

Fancy an unusual dip? 


 

 


 



 The Baker family write about their 30 Days Wild 2016!

Did you have a go at 30 Days Wild this year? The Baker family gave it a go for the second year running, and fell in love with the challenge all over again!  

Take a look here and feel inspired!


 

 

 




Willow's Forest School

If you go down to the woods today … you might be surprised to see children from I CAN’s Meath School enjoying their learning at Willow’s Forest School. Each class are having the opportunity to use the woods to support and enhance their learning experience.


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Pond dipping with Wildlife Watch

Annie Ives, volunteer Wildlife Watch leader, runs through a pond dipping session with her group, and how they linked it to important OPAL surveys! 


Take a look. 

 

 







Top 5 Things to Try in Your Garden This Summer

Matthew Appleby, author of 'The Children's Garden' offers helpful, easy ways you can get your children outdoors this summer! What's more, you can win a copy of the book yourself!


Give it a read



 




 

Our 30 Days Wild: Looking back and beyond for a wilder life

In June 2015 the Baker family took part in our first ever 30 Days Wild challenge. They spent June doing something wild every day and here they tell what they learnt during their 'wild' month!


Fancy giving it a go? You can too!


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The benefits of outdoor learning

Marina Robb, author of ‘Learning with Nature: A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities', talks about the benefits of outdoors learning in this beautiful blog post.


Give it a read.

 

 







Garden Wildlife Health project


The Garden Wildlife Health team investigate the diseases that affect wildlife in gardens across the country. There are lots of ways you can lend a helping hand to the wild animals that are waking up this spring in your gardens and parks. 


Take a look!

 





 

Recycling: What Difference Does it Make?


Whether you drop a can of pop into a waste or recycling bin, it’s easy to think that this small act has no real consequence. After all, once it’s in, you rarely have to think about it again. And in a way, this is great, because it makes recycling easy and hassle-free, but on the other hand, it is also makes it a practice that is very easy to neglect. But if you did chose to recycle an aluminium can, what difference would it make?

 
Give it a read!


 


Wildlife cycling

Cyclist and blogger Tony Pearson talks about the joy of wildlife encounters whilst on his cycling tours. What a joy to get so close to nature! 


Give it a read

 



 

Go on, go for a wild walk!

Jo Dainty, Senior Nature Play Ranger at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, helps you to rediscover the wonder of a wild walk! There's lots of tips for a successful walk with children, and key knowledge from her time in the Wildlife Trust as well as her time as a mum. 


Take a look and try a wild walk! 



 


Moray Teens

Donna Mathieson, People & Wildlife Officer at Scottish Wildlife Trust, tells you about Moray Teens, the teenager Wildlife Watch group going from strength to strength! They've featured on radio and TV and have actively contributed towards conservation projects. Wow! 


Read more about this fantastic group!


 








 

Minibeast Adventures

Cbeebies presenter and zoologist Jess French talks about the wonder of minibeasts, and why these wild creatures amaze her.


Read more and be fascinated...

 








The Smart Happy Project - Lisa Lillywhite

Using the wonder of shapes and patterns in nature, The Smart Happy Project aims to get more children connected to, and building a relationship with, nature.


Read Lisa's blog posts here
, and learn how to start nature collections, search for patterns in nature and feel connected! 


 




At Home in the Ocean

Ian Thomas has one of the best jobs in the world - he dives for a living! Read all about his amazing experiences, why he's so passionate about protecting our oceans, and how you can do your bit.


Emerse yourself in the ocean world...







A journey to Ashdown Forest

Kathryn Aalto is the author of the book 'The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh'. In this blog she talks about moving to England, her inspiration for writing the blog and her journey to Ashdown Forest...


Take a look!

 


 

 

Winter nature crafts for children - Catherine Hughes

Think winter isn't a great time for kids to get outdoors? Think again! Catherine Hughes, garden and lifestyle blogger, shares some great nature crafts that will keep your children busy this winter! 


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Unlocking the secrets of a school wildlife garden - Kate Curtis

Notley Green Primary School won the School category in our Wild About Gardens Week 2015 competition! Here their Forest School Instructor, Kate Curtis, talks about their wonderful wildlife garden, and how it inspires their students. 


Have a read

 


 

 





Spawn to be wild - Kate Marsh

Avon Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Bristol Water, are teaching children about the plight of the critically endangered European eel (Anguilla Anguilla), through their 'Spawn to be Wild' schools project.


Here Kate Marsh, Learning Development Manager at Avon Wildlife Trust, tells all...




 

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh is one of our new guest bloggers! He's the Head of Outdoor Work at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst. His first blog post details a step-by-step guide to building a mini-nature reserve at a school. 

 

Have a read

 










 



 

Dissecting owl pellets - Gemma Waters

Gemma Waters is a natural history educator who runs hands-on activities with schools and other groups. In her blog she explains what exactly an owl pellet is, all the gruesome facts, and how to dissect one yourself!


Give it a go



 





The Speckled Wood Experience - Anthony Sergeant

Anthony Sergeant is the Deputy Head Teacher of a school and is passionate about connecting children with nature. He organised a Wild Outdoors Day for his class and shares the wonderful insights from that day. 


Have a read







 

Our Wild Year - Jen & Sim Benson

In November 2014 authors and family adventurers Jen & Sim Benson decided to swap their comfortable suburban house for a bell tent. They've spent the past year exploring and living wild in Britain with their two young children.


Read all about their adventures here

 





 

Best Plants to Sow - Ellis Wakefield

Feeling the green fingers but not sure where to start? Ellis Wakefield is here to help! Every month you can read about the best plant to sow - get planting and see what you can grow!
 


Have a read!


 

 

Beauty in the Beasts - Chris Lawrence


Wildlife photographer, and Wildlife Trust volunteer, Chris Lawrence talks about the wonder of insects, and how he uses his skill in photography to directly help his local Wildlife Trust! 


Have a read, then pick up your camera! 

 




My Art Inspiration - Sorcha Faulkner


Illustrator and designer, Sorcha Faulkner, tells us how nature inspires her work! Her prints are incredible, don't forget to enter our November competition to be in with the chance of winning one! 


Aspiring artist? Read Sorcha's blog!  









 

Backyard Jungle - Dawood Qureshi


Dawood, aged 16, talks about the wonder of the simple back garden. There is so much to see and discover, if you only know where to look...


Come, see, and start your back garden adventure


 




A Year of Helping out with Wildlife Watch - Liz

Wildlife Watch leader Liz talks about her experience of helping out with her local Wildlife Watch group, how much she's learnt and some of the great activities she's taken part in!

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BirdFair 2015!

Hear all about what the Wildlife Watch team got up to at BirdFair 2015. They had a wild time! Check it out!

 

 

 



 

The UK's Marine Giants - Jenna Govier

Jenna's Conservation Blog has featured this wonderful post about the marine giants that live under our seas, and how everybody can do their bit to help them.

Take a look at this and others from Jenna!





Let’s rewild the learning experience! - Jane Campbell

Jane Campbell, Senior Outdoor Learning Development Officer at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, talks about how Sheffield Wildlife Trust are on a mission to rewild children through their Thinking Outside the Box Project.

Read this blog here!

 

 

 





Minds and happiness flourish with outdoor learning - Emma Websdale

If nature makes children happier and healthier, shouldn't we be doing more of it? That's what Emma Websdale, Senior Communications Officer at The Wildlife Trusts and Editor of Wildlife Watch, asks in her guest blog.

See this blog post
on Mark Avery's site here. 

 

 

 



A taste of the wild - Leanne Manchester

Visiting London Wildlife Trust's Camley Street Nature Park is a breath of fresh air in a commuter city. Leanne Manchester, Communications Support Officer at The Wildlife Trusts, talks about her experience at an outdoor learning event. 

Read the blog post here! 




Wildlife Watch Boat Trip - Abbi Scott, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildife Trust

A few local Wildlife Watch groups were lucky enough to go out on the solar boat in Chichester Harbour with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to discover more about the marine live that lives there.

Read all about the exciting time they had! 

 

 



Wild about learning - Lyndsey Young

Lyndsey Young, Communications Officer at The Wildlife Trusts, visited a Leicestershrie & Rutland Wildlife Trust Forest School and saw first hand the incredible impact 'getting wild' has on children.

Take a look at her visit