Northumberland Wildlife Trust is launching its My Wild Life campaign today which encourages us all to stop for a minute to reflect on what wildlife means to us and think about how to make wildlife part of our everyday lives.
If we did this, not only would wildlife benefit, but so would we – because contact with nature is good for us. Those people lucky enough to live near to, and experience, green spaces have a 50 per cent chance of being more healthy, both physically and mentally, and are 40 per cent less likely to become overweight or obese.
Sir David Attenborough has travelled the world in search of wildlife, but in London where he lives, he can watch stag beetles flying in his garden and marvel at ancient trees in London’s parks. He said: “Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged. It is critical to the personal development of our children.”
This is why Northumberland Wildlife Trust is restoring wildlife and wild places in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside and why it has joined forces with the other 46 wildlife trust organisations around the UK to encourage people from all walks of life to share their own personal stories about what nature means to them.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s campaign so far features two of its staff members: Duncan Hutt, Trust head of land management from Stamfordham, who was photographed standing on the 10,000-year-old Bell Crag Flow peatland site in Northumberland and Longhorsley resident Stephen Comber, Flexigraze manager, who, along with his trusty sheepdog Jess, was photographed during a break from managing the Flexigraze sheep on the Trust’s East Chevington reserve in Northumberland.
Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s chief executive said: “This project is about underlining how nature is important to all of our lives and we want to celebrate examples from local people, where nature figures in their daily existence. We all know nature is important to survival, but this is about celebrating how a little wildness makes life even more meaningful, fun, enjoyable, exciting or relaxing. It really is our alternative health service and it is free.”
Everyone can share their stories of the wildlife and wild places which matter to them and why, using #MyWildLife on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Visit mywildlife.org.uk to read and share stories from the campaign.