Conservation for kids and families

A smiling girl in a blue top holding a fern sprig.
Nature adds so much to our lives, and we can help protect it! (Photo: Michael Heffernan/WTML)

It's World Nature Conservation Day on 28 July and we've got some great ideas to help you look after the environment!

What is nature conservation?

Nature conservation means protecting our environment and the creatures that live in it. Biodiversity (the many different types of plants and wildlife) is important for the health of the planet. but many areas and species are under threat so they need our help.

Protect trees and woods

Our native trees and woods are some of the habitats we need to protect. Trees clean our air by absorbing things that pollute the atmosphere. Woods provide a habitat for all sorts of wildlife too, and they're great places for us to have fun and relax in. Here's how you can help to preserve them.

As a family, you can get involved in our campaigns to save threatened woods and trees.

Get planting! Over the next ten years, the Woodland Trust is aiming to plant a whopping 64 million trees and we need your help! Make sure your teachers know about our packs of free trees for schools so you can plant with your classmates. or you can buy single trees for your garden from our online shop.

A mother and daughter planting a tree sapling in a garden.
Trees in gardens help support wildlife in built up areas. (Photo: Jill Jennings/WTML)

Look after our environment

Tread carefully in the woods and countryside. Keep to paths so you don't trample on delicate plants. Use natural items you find on the ground for your crafts and games - don't pick them from plants and trees.

Walk or cycle to school if you live close enough and use public transport whenever you can rather than going by car. This will help cut down the air pollution caused by traffic.

Recycle as much as you can. Make sure to follow local instructions when you sort your recycling and remember to wash off remains of food first.

Cut back on plastic. Some types of plastic can't be recycled, and plastic isn't biodegradable - that means it doesn't break down naturally like food and paper.

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Remind your grown-ups to use cloth bags instead of plastic for shopping, and avoid buying food wrapped in plastic
  • Say no to plastic straws if you don't need them.
  • Choose wooden toys rather than plastic ones, and pass them on to younger children when you're finished with them.

Look after wildlife

Many wildlife species are in danger because of things like pollution, climate change, and loss of habitat. But you can give them a helping hand.

Provide extra food for the creatures that visit your garden - you could make our brilliant bird feeder or butterfly feeder.

It's also a good idea to let a bit of your garden grow wild so they have somewhere to hide. Or you could build a minibeast palace, frog pond or a hedgehog home.
Read more about how to attract wildlife to your garden.

A peaceful image of the trees at Whitmore Wood.
Woods are just one of the habitats we need to protect. (Photo: Phil Formby/WTML)

Save our natural resources

Natural resources include water, and things like gas, oil and coal from the ground that we use to make electricity and fuel for heating and transport. Processing these things to make the energy we need causes pollution, and cleaning water uses up power too. That's why we should be careful not to waste them.

Save water by having a shower instead of a bath, not leaving the tap running when you're brushing your teeth and making sure you turn off taps properly so they're not dripping.

Save electricity by turning off lights when you don't need them and not leaving things like the TV on when no one's watching it. Remember to not leave gadgets on standby, it wastes energy!

Don't forget to share your top tips for helping wildlife, recycling and saving water and energy by commenting below or using #NatureDetectives.

How do you like to help the environment?

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