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Birdgirl's Big Garden Birdwatch

© Oliver Edwards Photography

The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is an hour snap shot survey of garden birds that people to take part in across the country. It can be done anytime over the coming weekend, 24th or 25th January 2015 and all you have to do is register online.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is brilliant for lots

Why our youngest blogger Zach is looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch

Hi everyone,

Well it’s almost time for the Big Garden Birdwatch, the first big bird event of the year for me. It’s a great event and really easy for everyone to do. It doesn’t matter about the weather or having good telescopes or binoculars. All you really need is a window, a notebook (or checklist from the Royal Society for the

Two thirds of parents have outdoor play concerns

"A family playing at a wild play day in the New Forest in August 2014, which was attended by over 400 parents and children".

Almost two thirds of parents based in and around the New Forest have concerns about letting their children play outdoors, a survey suggests.

Parents cited safety concerns, especially ‘stranger danger’, as the main reason for not allowing their

Skinny Jean Gardeners? Possibly the most fashionable gardeners out there?!

Hello. It’s Lee and Dale, from the Skinny Jean Gardeners.

We have tended gardens here, there and everywhere – from our first-ever plot at Jimmy's Farm to the famous Blue Peter backyard, and even some Italian rooftops. Some of our favourite gardens however, are the hundreds of open spaces across the UK that are home to a community of

My Wild Winter

Photo credit "Children in the snow by Sadie McGlone"

Those who welcome winter in festive spirits – the excitement of mince pies, get-togethers and opening presents - might be missing a trick, and those who dread the loss of lighter evenings and warmer weather won’t truly have experienced a ‘wild winter’. Now is the time to change this.


We're on the hunt for awesome people. Part 1.

Community and Content Manager

This is an exciting time for The Wild Network as we grow our movement. Since October 2013, we have grown our community to 1,700 organisations and 10,000 individuals all committed to tackling the barriers preventing children from outdoor play, learning and nature connection. As we move into our next phase of growth, we’re looking for a Community

We're on the hunt for awesome people. Part 2.

Strategy and Insight Manager

We're looking for a brilliant thinker and do'er who can be part of our small team and help take us forward to the next level of growth and to increase our impact.

This is an exciting time for the organisation as we grow our movement. Since October 2013, we have grown our community to 1,700 organisations and 10,000

Seasonal Wild Greetings

It is the time of the year when Autumn's mellow fruitfulness gives way to Winter's stillness and reflection or as it sometimes feels, the headlong hurtle towards the Christmas finishing post.

It's been quite a journey for me since starting in October. As well as laying the foundations for The Wild Network to ensure we have a positive and impactful

Birdgirl asks Primary Schools to complete survey on Forest Schools

I think it is really important that children have the opportunity to enjoy nature, so that they care about saving the environment, our natural habitats and the wildlife in them. If you have no experience of something, how can you care about saving it?

In Stephen Moss’s 2013 Natural Childhood Report for the National Trust, he talked

about the lack

A Happy Marriage - SPANQ APP and the Great Outdoors

Here at The Wild Network, we're always looking for what's out there to help get more children (and parents) outdoors - to keep them learning and having fun together. Rather than be anti-technology, there are some superb examples where something like an app can enhance the outdoor education experience. A new app by the name of SPANQ has been developed

Project Wild Thing at Camp Bestival 2015

After such a wild, roaring success this year (there were queues to get amongst the forest fun!), Project Wild Thing and partners from The Wild Network will be heading back deep to the heart of a magical, lush forest at Camp Bestival from July 30 to August 2, 2015 at Lulworth Castle. There are opportunities for additional Wild Network partners

Why we should make London a National Park

Earlier in the year I walked from Kings Wood in Croydon to High Barnet. The purpose of my walk was to celebrate London Tree Week by crossing the city from South to North while remaining under as much canopy cover as I could. With over 8 million trees across 65,000 woodlands, London is the world's largest urban forest and trekking

Project Wild Thing storms Canada!

Project Wild Thing's first trip to Canada has been a great success and provided lots of wild opportunities for Ashley and David, who kicked off their trip with the Canadian film premiere at Marda Loop Justice Film Festival in Calgary. The screening went really well, with over 170 people turning up to watch the film. It was followed by a

SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST Column 2014/3: Young people

What’s your first memory of nature? Feeding the ducks in the park, perhaps;

exploring a rockpool on a summer holiday; skipping through piles of leaves in

an autumn wood; building a snowman? Whatever it is, the chances are that

as you recall it now, it reminds you of a happy, carefree childhood.

Many of us have kept our love of nature

Risky Play

Andy Kirkpatrick - acclaimed mountaineer, author and stand-up - challenges us to let our children be exposed to greater risk. He argues that we shouldn't be wrapping up children in cotton wool, that children will naturally seek out risky, challenging, scary experiences and that by over-protecting them we might just be encouraging them to seek out much more dangerous situations.