Practical Conservation

At Wild Days, we take a practical approach to wildlife conservation - literally! We enjoy rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty in a good cause.

Our conservation work is carried out in conjunction with a range of partners as part of established management plans for protected landscapes, habitats and species. Activities are wide-ranging, and due to ecological sensitivity or access restrictions, can often be achieved by hand only.

Wildlife habitat creation

Image: Sue Langford

Planting trees, wild flowers and other species to provide food, shelter, and homes for wildlife. Shaping, cutting or removing existing plant growth to create the best conditions for the species we hope will benefit.

Invasive plant species control

Image: Sue LangfordRemoving aggressive-growing plant species, often non-native imports, that threaten others and contribute to an overall loss of biodiversity. These include Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, and in some places, even natives such as hawthorn and gorse.

Traditional countryside skills

Image: Elaine McAdamThese can be much more wildlife conservation friendly than modern, more efficient methods. Examples include traditional hay-meadows, cut by hand and supporting incredibly diverse wildflower communities, or maintenance of landscape features such as drystone walls.

Bringing wildlife and people together

Footpath building - image: Kate FoxSupporting access for everyone to appreciate and enjoy wildlife while ensuring wildlife flourishes. Our work includes helping to build and maintain the trails, bridges and board-walks that get people out into the countryside and minimising disturbance to wildlife.