The Big Winter Wander
Head outdoors and get closer to the nature on your doorstep with The Big Winter Wander for WWF
What is the Big Winter Wander?
Date: TBC (original date Sunday, 24 January postponed)
Fundraising target: £100 (no registration fee)
Following the latest government guidelines on restrictions across the UK we have taken the decision to revise the event date for The Big Winter Wander. With no current advise on when it will be safe to walk in groups outside, we cannot provide an updated event date just yet. We will update participants as soon as possible and you are welcome to join us then. For those who have asked if you can still take part on your original planned date in January, if you feel you can walk safely and follow your local government guidelines on outdoor social group sizing, you are welcome to continue.
Nature has been a gift to offer us comfort and much-needed escape during difficult times, and now it’s our time to give back. Our world needs us more than ever before; our Living Planet Report shows a staggering 68% decline in wildlife populations globally. We’re destroying forests, choking oceans with plastic and causing devastating changes to the climate. Globally, we’re using all the planet’s resources faster than nature can restore itself.
Head outdoors for a walk with a difference – by fundraising and to help WWF protect wildlife in the UK, and around the world.
Sign up to join in The Big Winter Wander and we’ll give you everything you need to organise a magical walk. Plus, we’ll share our best fundraising tips to help you raise even more funds for your world. It's time to give back to nature!
IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY…
You might notice there’s less wildlife than there used to be. The latest in WWF’s flagship research series, the Living Planet Report, shows that our planet’s wildlife populations have now plummeted by 68% since 1970 – and there are no signs that this downward trend is slowing.
Half of all UK species are in decline – we’re losing our precious red squirrels, hedgehogs and birds at an alarming rate. When nature suffers, we all suffer. But we have a prescription, and if we act now we can protect our health and the health of our planet.
By taking part in The Big Winter Wander, you can reconnect with our country’s beautiful wildlife and help protect it. The funds you raise will help us campaign to protect wildlife here, and around the world.
GET YOUR BIG WINTER WANDER PACK
Sign up today and you’ll receive a free pack; from special invitations to activities for the children, this pack is filled with tools to help you organise a truly magical walk.
READ ABOUT MARISE & JOHN’S BIG WINTER WANDER
What motivated you to take on this challenge? We regularly walk in the woods around our house, to walk our dog, but haven’t paid too much attention to the local wildlife. Reading about the alarming loss of nature globally made us want to do something to help. The challenge appealed to us as it was an activity we could both do, which was enjoyable and benefitted us getting outside in the fresh air too!
What did you see on your Big Winter Wander? My husband and I decided to explore a new area of woodland near us, making a change from our ‘usual’ route. Once we started looking for the species on the spotter sheet...it became addictive! We struggled with the brown lipped snail (despite searching amongst the leaf litter) but had quickly racked up additional species such as squirrels, wood pigeons and even a starling.
Would you do it again? Yes definitely. We’re always out and about walking the dog, but it was great looking closely at the nature that is around us and spotting some beautiful birds and plants. The fact we also raised £175 to support WWF was an added bonus to a lovely day exploring our local area. This year, we might take a wander through some nearby fields to see if we can spot some different species!
UK AID MATCH
This winter, you can make your donations go even further with the Government’s UK Aid Match programme. Donate before 2 February 2021 and the UK Government will match all public donations to support our Land For Life project, up to £2 million.
Our Land for Life project focuses on securing livelihoods and supporting Maasai communities, while restoring wildlife in critical corridors. Through this project, we’re collaborating with communities in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania to help keep landscapes healthy and develop solutions for people and wildlife to coexist and thrive.
Your donations will support WWF’s vital work around the world, while match funds from the UK Government will go towards our Land for Life appeal.
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