Hildon are delighted to further our work with Wildlife Watch who are the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids. These nature discovery sessions we are helping to sponsor are managed locally by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT). These sessions help young people learn more about the flora and fauna around them through a series of fun games and activities, like mini-beast and butterfly expeditions, making bird feeders and going on coastal scavenger hunts. There is also an award scheme for those looking to develop their own interests in nature further.
Hildon and HIWWT believe that nature is not only good for the health and well-being of children but that this vital education will help ensure future generations help preserve its rich diversity. Sir David Attenborough recently summarised the issue saying “no one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”.
Dawn O’Malley of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said
We’re concerned that young people’s disconnection with nature could mean that there is no one to care for it in the future. We think it is important to offer children the chance to get outside and experience wildlife at a young age. We hope it will give them a love of nature that will last a lifetime. We are hugely grateful to Hildon Natural Mineral Water who support the Wildlife Watch sessions run by us, helping ensure that local children across the region have the opportunity to enjoy nature.
Debbie Jones (Executive Director at Hildon) stated
We really enjoy working with HIWWT and young people to help promote the importance of preserving the natural world around us. We ourselves see the flourishing diversity around Hildon simply from careful consideration of our impact on the nature on our doorstep and from the little things we can do to help it thrive.