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Wild Steps

Our Practical Wildlife Management for Wellbeing course will provide you with an opportunity to try something different, learn skills in practical nature conservation, and discover ways to help care for wildlife, on the farm and at home. The course is held in a relaxed and supportive environment.

It is also important for our wellbeing that we are not always ‘doing’ in nature, and we give ourselves time to ‘be’ in nature. Sessions will also include simple nature-based health interventions that help encourage us to tune into and notice nature more.

Sessions will be framed within the 5 Pathways to Nature Connectedness*: Contact, Beauty, Emotions, Compassion and Meaning. Connecting with nature through meaningful, positive experiences can have a significantly positive impact on our mental, physical and emotional health.

You will have the opportunity to use a range of practical skills in: hedgelaying, tree and wildflower planting/sowing, building and construction and pond maintenance to care for a mixture of habitats on the farm. We will also combine nature-based mindfulness, natural crafts, campfire cooking, folklore and seasonal celebrations.

If this sounds appealing to you, we would love to have you here!

The programme runs in 6-week blocks and, once registered, you are welcome to join the current course (if there is availability) or wait for the next course to commence.

A typical day:

  • We meet every Friday from 11 am – 3 pm.
  • We do ‘check ins’ & Grounding.
  • We care for the hedgerows, wildflower areas, forest garden, pond, agroforestry.
  • We grow a connectedness to nature with nature-based mindfulness, crafts, folklore, campfire cooking.

Dates: 

  • 12th November – 17th December
  • 14th January - 18th February

5 Pathways to Nature Connectedness is a set of evidence-based actions developed by the University of Derby which improve wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours when practised regularly.

Sign up

Before signing up, please download and read the handbook which explains how we will work to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. It also contains answers to many frequently asked questions:

 Wild Steps Handbook

Once you have read the handbook you will need to fill out the registration form, even if you have already done so in the past, as we have some new ‘COVID-19 symptoms’ and ‘high risk category check’ questions:

Wild Steps Registration form

During the course will be working together to create a safe and relaxed environment whilst adhering to government Covid-19 guidelines.


Get in touch

If you require extra support, or have a query about Wild Steps, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


 Important

If you’ve successfully booked with us, and then find that you are unable to attend, or you need to stop coming, please let us know so we can open up your space for others.