(Above) Children enjoying the My Wild Life Book at Lorton Meadows nature reserve in Weymouth © Katharine Davies
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has teamed-up with publishers from you to me to create a unique journal for young people, inspired by the ‘My Wild Life’ campaign, launched by the Wildlife Trusts nationally, in March 2015.
The ‘My Wild Life’ journal is part of from you to me’s ‘rant and rave’ collection, enabling young people aged 7-16 to record the activities and adventures they have outside – but with a twist. One half of the book is to ‘rave’ about the things they love about wildlife, and the other half is to ‘rant’ about issues such as how to protect our environment.
Children are spending less time outside, and more time looking at screens
The idea for the book has come from research which shows that children are spending less time outside, and more time looking at screens, indoors. DWT and the Wildlife Trusts nationally have recently launched a campaign, ‘Every Child Wild’, to try and address concerns that children are missing out on spending time outside, which is a vital part of their childhood.
Children can share how they feel and get ideas for practical fun outside
My Wild Life is a fun way to invite children to share how they feel about being outside, and also gives them some practical things to do in addition to their usual outdoor hobbies such as cycling, walking the dog or even camping under the stars.
Inspiring young people to get outside is a vital part of our work
DWT Community Conservation Officer Briony Baxter, said, “Inspiring young people to engage with and love nature is a vital part of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s work, helping to ensure that future generations want to look after Dorset’s natural environment. The new Rant & Rave, My Wild Life journal could be the spark to encourage youngsters to begin a lifelong passion for nature.”
Lives are better when they're a little bit wild!
Helen Stephens, from you to me’s Creative Director said: “It has been inspiring working with such an amazing charity. We all wanted to create a product that inspires children to leave their electronic devices at home and get outside – their lives are better if they are a little bit wild!”
A portion of the profits will go to DWT
Ideal as a meaningful gift or self-purchase for any child from 7 years to late teens, the book retails at £9.99 and is available in our online shop. A portion of the profits are being donated to Dorset Wildlife Trust, which will go straight back into conservation work in Dorset.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.