Wild in your community

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust would like to work with local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of people in local communities through practical environmental action resulting in improved local habitats for people and wildlife and improved knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

A growing body of research highlights that children’s contact with the natural world has fallen to an all time low and recognises that this is a contributing factor to obesity and a number of physical and mental illnesses. Richard Louv, in his 2005 Last Child in the Woods, called this Nature Deficit Disorder. 

Children spend so little time outdoors that they are unfamiliar with some of our commonest wild creatures. According to a 2008 National Trust survey, one in three could not identify a magpie; half could not tell the difference between a bee and a wasp; yet nine out of ten could recognise a Dalek (National Trust (2008) Wildlife alien to indoor children

Warwickshire Observatory's Quality of Life 2012-23 report highlights that an estimated 8% of reception-age children, 16% of year 6 children and 25% of adults in Warwickshire are obese. The report estimates only 10% of adults do the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Warwickshire is currently scoring below the national average for wellbeing indicators. 'Health, Place and Welfare: How outdoor environments influence health and wellbeing: a knowledge base' by Natural England shows that exposure to natural spaces is good for health.

The recent Stratford-upon-Avon District Council Ecological and Geological Study of Local Service Villages by WCC Ecological Services and Habitat Biodiversity Audit (2012) highlighted the potential for improvement of community green spaces across the county. The recent State of Nature report launched by Sir David Attenborough, as well as the Lawson report Making Space for Nature (2010) and the Natural Environment White Paper (2011) all state the need for enhancement and reconnection of the natural environment at a landscape scale to address the current loss of biodiversity.

Following on from the Central Warwickshire LEADER funded Gardens Go Wild and BIG Lottery funded St Peter’s Churchyard projects, we would like to work with schools, churches, and other local groups to improve local habitats for people and wildlife.

If your school or local community would like to be involved in this project then please contact:
Kate Sugden on 024 7630 2912 or kate.sugden@wkwt.org.uk