Derbyshire Wildlife Trust takes part in The Peoples Walk for Wildlife!

People's Walk for Wildlife

Ten thousand people walked through central London on Saturday 22 September 2018 and made The People’s Walk for Wildlife by far the biggest gathering of conservationists and nature lovers ever in the UK. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s CEO, Jo Smith and several members of staff travelled to London to take part in the walk.
"10,000 of us played bird song on the streets of London!"
Chris Packham
The People's Walk for Wildlife

Our very own Enquiries Officer, Nick Brown, tells us about his day in London on The People’s Walk for Wildlife.

“It rained on us in Hyde Park, dried up for the Walk and started again as we left!

It was very inspiring to hear so many great speakers including some very young ones. What Chris Packham has achieved is really quite remarkable and hopefully just the beginning. The crisis is so deep and so challenging we all need to show even more passion, lateral thinking and willingness to work in partnership with others if we are to have any hope of turning the tide.

It was a totally inspiring day and I met lots of lovely and interesting people on the Walk which was filled with birdsong playing from everyone’s phones. A peregrine flew over us as we walked down Pall Mall – a sight to behold!”

Nick Brown - right Save our Swifts

Nick Brown - right Save our Swifts

"The next generation needs to care enough to drive real change and we want a wilder Britain.”
Dr Jo Smith
CEO, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Forest School session on the day focused on The People’s Walk for Wildlife. The children wrote their own manifesto for wildlife, built bird boxes and wrote a mini book of wildlife wonders

Forest School Manifesto

Forest School Manifesto

Dr Jo Smith, The Chief Executive Officer, from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust travelled to London to join The People’s Walk for Wildlife. Jo wanted to help raise awareness of the extreme recent decline of wildlife and the urgent need for change. Jo Smith said “I took my nephews too because the next generation needs to care enough to drive real change and we want a wilder Britain.”

Jo Smith talking to Martin Hughes-Games, conservationist

Jo Smith talking to Martin Hughes-Games, conservationist

Not everyone could get to London but we can all do our bit for wildlife - take a peek at our website on wildlife gardening for some of their actions and how to guides. Did you know the humble hedgehog is disappearing from our countryside as fast as tigers are worldwide?

Hedgehog, Richard Bowler

Hedgehog, Richard Bowler