A WILD life is a better life according to evidence released by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.
The organisation has launched a special drive to encourage residents to stop and reflect on what wildlife means to them and think about how to make wildlife part of their everyday lives.
Through the My Wild Life scheme the trust has been encouraging people from all walks of life to share their personal stories about what nature means to them.
It is hoped the drive will not only benefit Bromsgrove and Droitwich’s wildlife but also its people.
Wendy Carter, the trust’s communications manager, said many studies showed people who lived near and experience green spaces were mentally and physically healthier.
So they were working hard to restore and protect wildlife and places across the county.
Mervyn Needham, from Chaddesley Corbett, has been volunteering at the trust’s Chaddesley Wood nature reserve for 37 years.
He said: “Helping wildlife that lives in such a beautiful place doesn’t just keep me fit – I’ve made lots of good friends and the fresh air and lots of laughs help relieve the stresses that everyday life can sometimes bring.”
Bromsgrove resident Julie Allen said she left behind her day-to-day worries by watching wildlife.
She added: “Whether it’s watching the birds on your bird feeder or going to somewhere like the Trust’s Upton Warren nature reserve, there’s always something going on – it’s the wildlife equivalent of your favourite soap opera.”
Droitwich resident Sian Bakewell walks her dog Eva in the park every morning and evening.
She said: “Having to walk Eva each day, no matter what the weather, has really tuned me into the seasons and the natural world.
“We both really enjoy the exercise but while Eva is chasing after her ball, I love listening to the birds and taking in the changes around me.”
Visit mywildlife.org.uk for more.
Inset – Sian Bakewell and her dog Eva. (s)