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Where the wild things are

Last modified: 06 May 2014

Children playing in grass

Image: Eleanor Bentall

An award-winning documentary filmmaker will be hosting a film screening and Q&A session at the 2014 Scottish Birdfair, May 10-11 at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh.

David Bond, Producer and Director of the documentary, Project Wild Thing will attend the festival on Sunday, National Children’s Day, to discuss his new film. Frustrated with his children’s ‘indoor’ lifestyle and the lack of opportunities to connect with nature in an urban environment, he sets out on a journey to reconnect his family with the natural world.

The story will be familiar to many parents seeking to inspire a love of nature in their own children. A recent report by the RSPB and the University of Essex [see note 2], scientifically measured the level of children’s connection to nature in the UK for the first time.

While the results showed children in Scotland were more connected to nature than their peers in other parts of the UK, experts believe there is still a long way to go. Organisations like RSPB are calling for further research in order to establish a baseline of connectedness that can be measured against year-on-year and are working to provide more children with opportunities to experience the outdoors now.

Hosted by RSPB Scotland, the Scottish Birdfair aims to inspire more families and children to get outdoors and experience the country’s nature and wildlife.

With a range of fun and exciting family activities from pond dipping, storytelling, wildlife puppet shows, crafts, an opportunity to build homes for garden creatures as well as magical woodland walks, there will be lots to entertain the little ones and set them on a journey to connect with nature.

Rebekah Stackhouse, Youth & Education Programmes Manager at RSPB Scotland, said: “We are delighted to welcome David Bond to the Scottish Birdfair. Project Wild Thing tells an engaging story familiar to many families and highlights how important connecting to nature is for everyone, wherever they live. 

“The Scottish Birdfair offers a fantastic opportunity for children and families to learn more about our natural world in a fun and inspiring environment and gather great ideas and tips for starting their outdoor journey.”

Tickets and information about the Scottish Birdfair can be found on the website.

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by giving nature a home where we live.

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