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Greetings Fellow Wild Things

We’re on a mission to make towns across the country go wild! We reckon that our town, like many throughout the land, has an array of hidden wild gems; underused woodlands and meadows, right within the urban sprawl. You’ll find a few kids in the designated play areas, but rarely do you find these fledgling humanoids in the wild spaces.

That’s

A word from Mark, Director of The Wild Network

It has been quite a month as we plot the next steps for The Wild Network. My

favourite bit has been speaking with so many of you doing amazing things all

over the country reconnecting our kids with nature and getting them playing

wild and free. I guess it could be easy to get bogged down in the complexity

Hi, I'm Mark

Well, what a moment. I'm really excited to able to say I have been given the opportunity to take The Wild Network forward as Director, I can't wait to get stuck in. I want to thank David, The Green Lions, the founder members of the network and everyone involved in creating and starting this movement. My aim now is to

Octavia Hill Awards- Wild Organisation Winners

Wild Organisation Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

“Tower Hamlets is a borough of extremes – immense wealth and immense poverty, the green agenda can get pushed out,” says Ken Greenway, manager of

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, the only woodland park in the borough.

“The park is unique to the lives of children who only know busy roads and cramped housing.”

Octavia Hill Awards- Volunteer Wild Hero

Volunteer Wild Hero: Julie Merrett RSPB Avalon Marshes

Spend a day on the Somerset Levels with Julie Merrett and you won’t just be building random dens, but fox dens, otter holts, badger setts. “Badger dens are

quite complicated,” she says, “they have lots of rooms.” Or you might be playing a cryptic identification game, following clues left on fence and finger posts

Octavia Hill Awards- Professional Wild Hero

The Octavia Hill Awards, named after one of the founders of the National Trust are a celebration of those who devote their lives to protecting green spaces for wildlife and local communities.

Run jointly by BBC Countryfile Magazine, the National Trust and the Wild Network, the awards this year focused on children’s increasing disconnection with the natural world.

We wanted

Outdoor Sport and Recreation- The Debate Plays On...

Wednesday saw MPs gather to debate the Government’s policy on outdoor sport and recreation. Taking place in the grand surroundings of Committee Corridor, with windows framing views of the Thames, MPs from all parties and all parts of the country recounted their experiences of the outdoors, and urged the Government to do more to encourage people to get outside.

Tales

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend

Nature writer, author and poet, Daniel Crockett writes about nature connection and our societies urgent need to get re-connected.

"Something is amiss and we can't quite put our finger on what. It seems that the further our society progresses, the more disenfranchised we feel. The hyper-connectivity of social media (which has its own potential) leaves us cold and over-informed, saturated with

Biophilia and the concept of A Heraclitean Motion

Edward Wilson, an eminent Biologist, coined the phrase Biophilia and advocated a Biophilia Hypothesis. In his book Biophilia (2003), Wilson describes a ‘Siamese connection’ with nature and other species, without which we will not attain, or maintain good mental wellness.

Think about it…do you enjoy the company of animals or perhaps prefer to climb a mountain? Do you wonder in awe

Why am I angry?

I close my eyes and my other senses fill the void. I can hear the long grass moving like the seeded sea it becomes in late summer. The fizz and hiss, the shsssh of the stems as the sound moves between the heavy clacking leaves of the trees. The smell of the earth like malt loaf, sweet and dark. I

A million people can't be wrong- sharing the parkrun passion

I think I should start this little blog by introducing myself to The Wild Network community!

My name is Chrissie Wellington and I’m best known for doing a little bit of ironman triathlon which basically means I warmed up with a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike ride before the all-important task of running a marathon. I

The Marketing Director of Nature goes on tour

Summer is flying by, and while it’s been busy trying on costumes of rain and sun, we’ve been planning a Project Wild Thing tour. David Bond will be travelling around the world (well, to the US and Australia) in the coming weeks for some exciting Project Wild Thing events and screenings.

His trip down under begins on 22nd August, and

Where have all the wild things gone?

At the end of the year we will be publishing the story behind Project Wild Thing; the story behind why it matters that our children are becoming more and more disconnected from the natural world.

We want you to help tell that story.

We’re looking for the parents’ view of why children are becoming less wild.

Who’s to blame? Parents? Cars? Or

A Wild Time at Camp Bestival!

When the lovely folks at Camp Bestival got in touch at the start of the year to see if we'd get involved in taking over the Dingly Dell at their festival in Dorset this year, we said yes, not really thinking about what that meant!

But the chance to bring Project Wild Thing to life in the outdoors with 10,000 kids

My Wild Summer

Emma Websdale, Communications Support Officer for The Wildlife Trust talks us through her vision of summer....and it's idyllic..

"It’s the summer holidays - that time of the year when we can all become a little bit wilder. It’s a time of connection between parents and children, sun cream and ice cream, and - just as importantly – between ourselves and nature.