Wildlife for wellbeing


Wildlife for wellbeing

© Jon Hawkins

People need wildlife

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a healthy, wildlife-rich world and experience the joy of nature. 

Studies have shown that those who have the least access to nature also have the worst levels of physical health and mental wellbeing. 

We want more people to discover that daily contact with wildlife improves their mental health, and we want more people to care about and take action for wildlife as a result. Seeing birds near our homes, walking through green spaces filled with wild flowers, and along rivers that are clean and clear reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

Daily contact with nature is also linked to better physical health, including reductions in obesity and improved concentration.

5 ways to wellbeing

Be Active

Go outside for a walk or explore your nearest nature reserve


With the people around you, share your wildlife experiences


Do something to help your local place and the people who live there

Take Notice

Of the everyday wildness on your doorstep


Try something new outside


Couple walking in bluebell wood

© Ben Hall/2020VISION

Places for people & wildlife

We manage our reserves for people and wildlife, places where you can feel the benefits of nature first hand.

Discover our reserves
Corporate Challenge Day

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

Wildlife at work

Find out how nature can help mental and physical health in the workplace.

Find out more
Volunteers have a tea break

Jon Hawkins


Volunteering is a great way to help wildlife whilst keeping fit and making new friends.

More about volunteering

We also run a selection of health and wellbeing events including forest bathing and outdoor yoga.

View events

Every child wild

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

Over the last 40 years, children have become increasingly separated from wildlife. It’s a natural disaster in the making!

Like most parents, we believe that a childhood separated from nature is a diminished experience. 28% of UK children are now overweight or obese and fewer than 10% play in natural areas.

However, a study of nearly 350,000 medical records showed that living within a kilometre of a green space reduces the risk of 15 major illnesses, particularly anxiety and depression, and even more so for children. There is also evidence that children who grow up with nature are more likely to protect it when they are older.

More about engaging children with nature

Go wild with us