Scottish children are losing contact with nature at a dramatic rate – only one child in every 10 plays regularly in wild spaces outdoors; in their parents’ day, this figure would have been closer to one in five.
Why does this matter? Because, in the words of Sir David Attenborough: “no one will protect what they don’t care about and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
Be that building secret dens out of branches or making collections of woodland finds like pine cones and conkers. Scooping up minibeasts at a pond-dip or detecting bats with hand-held monitors. We’re also encouraging children to look after our wildlife by running sessions to construct bug ‘hotels’, hedgehog homes and nest boxes. That’s why we are committed to giving children opportunities to connect with nature. Through Wildlife Watch groups and ranger-led activities, we’re giving children the chance to experience simple childhood pleasures.