Posted on 5th August 2020
National Marine Week – 25th July – 9th August 2020 – is The Wildlife Trusts’ nationwide celebration of all things marine. Despite the name, it lasts 15 fun-filled days to allow for the variation in tide times around the country. This year is slightly different, due to the Covid-19 crisis, but there’s still lots to get stuck into it! Dive in…
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Donal Griffin, marine conservation officer for The Wildlife Trusts, shares
Discover how our 30 Days Wild challenge can breathe new life into your relationship with nature.
30 Days Wild is back for another year! The Wildlife Trusts’ annual
nature challenge; one random wild act a day, for a whole month, kicking off on
the 1st of June. The last five years of 30 Days Wild have really helped
demonstrate the benefits of getting closer to nature, for health, wellbeing and
for the natural world itself. It’s a challenge with something for everyone,
Posted on 29th April 2020
Credit: Tom Hibbert
Wildlife expert Nick Acheson introduces some of our feathered superstars to listen out for this spring
When we look at wildlife, anthropomorphising is commonly
discouraged. ‘If you project human feelings onto animals,’ we’re told, ‘you
won’t observe what is really going on.’ But if, like me, you see personalities
in wild animals all around you, I have good news for you: when it comes to
learning birdsong, anthropomorphism is absolutely the way forward. For learning
birdsong is not a matter of factual
Posted on 31st March 2020
working from home, it can be really easy to stay in front of a screen all day
and never venture outdoors. We’ve got some easy ways to help you to connect
with nature, even in the middle of a busy day! Whether you’ve got five minutes
or an hour, there’s plenty of ways you can make your day a little bit more
Getting ready for your day
Set up your workstation so you’re close to a window – this way, you’ll have a front row
Posted on 23rd March 2020
Catherine McNicol reveals some of the work that Wildlife Trusts are doing to
bring species back from the brink.
Complex ecosystems are healthy ecosystems. As
we lose species from plant and animal communities, we lose important processes
and therefore resilience. These simplified ecosystems become less able to endure
extreme events, such as droughts and flooding, less resilient to disease
outbreaks and less tolerant to invasive species arrival.
Often, we work to reintroduce ‘keystone’
species, those which play an important role to a number of other organisms.
Posted on 3rd February 2020
Parsons, The Wildlife Trusts’ public affairs officer, reveals the role natural
habitats play in tackling the climate crisis.
crisis now regularly makes the headlines, and rightly so. But there’s another
crisis – inextricably linked – lurking too often unnoticed in its shadow: the
massive, ongoing loss of nature. In the UK, 41% of species have declined since
1970 and one in seven are now threatened with extinction. The climate emergency
has terrible ramifications for wildlife, but the loss of wildlife and wild
places also makes the
Posted on 8th January 2020
Winter is a
wonderful time to see wildlife, particularly for fans of our feathered friends.
As the cold grip of the Arctic winter takes hold on the lakes, pools and
marshes of Northern Europe and Russia, huge numbers of swans, ducks and geese
retreat to the relative warmth of the UK. Our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and
coasts are a winter home for an estimated 2.1 million ducks!
be split into two broad groups: dabblers and divers. As the name suggests,
diving ducks feed mainly by diving
Posted on 5th December 2019
to nature this Christmas, with our winter wildlife challenge
we challenge you to try 30 Days Wild, doing one wild thing a day throughout the
month. We call these wild things “Random Acts of Wildness”, and they can be as
simple as watching a bird from your window, or as adventurous as exploring a
new wild place. At the end of June, we set the challenge to stay wild with your
Wildlife Trust for the rest of the year.
But keeping up with
Posted on 11th November 2019
The Wildlife Trusts National Partnerships Manager Ellen Kinsley looks at some of the highlights from 25 years of support from The National Lottery.
November, The National Lottery celebrates its 25th birthday! To mark
this special anniversary, we’re reflecting on some of the amazing things that
have been achieved for wildlife, wild places and people across the UK, thanks
to the support of The National Lottery.
first draw in 1994, The National Lottery has raised over £40 billion for good
causes, including more than 840
Posted on 15th October 2019
Volunteering for The Wildlife Trusts isn’t just great for wildlife, it’s good for you too, as nature and wellbeing manager, Dom Higgins explains.
Volunteers are incredible people. Where would The Wildlife Trusts be without them? They help us to manage our nature reserves, run events, raise vital funds for conservation work and inspire countless people to take action for nature. By giving up their time they have chosen to help local wildlife and wild places to recover and thrive.
Good for nature,