What wildlife means to me

Montage of case study profiles

Clockwise from top left: Matthew, Paul, Ian, Chris, Mike

How wildlife changed my life

A story writing competition

Durham Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and it wants you to share your wildlife stories.

What does wildlife mean to you?

We are looking for stories that share your love of wildlife and how nature has shaped, or even changed your life.

How wildlife changed my life

It could be heartwarming and funny, or perhaps you have found solace in nature at a difficult time. Maybe you met your soul-mate in a bird hide, or stood, stunned, watching a natural spectacle. Whatever your story is, we would love you to share it.

We would like stories from members of all ages, so please let us know your name and age in your submission.

Stories must be submitted electronically and should be no longer than 500 words. You many include up to 3 images as attachments on the email to your entry


Entries will be judged by a Durham Wildlife Trust panel and the winning entry will be printed in the next edition of Wildlife Durham. The winner and two runners up will also be featured on the Trust website.

The winning author will receive a £50 book token, and the two runners up £25 book tokens. The prize winners will also receive a coveted ‘golden’ Durham Wildlife Trust pin badge!

Closing date for entries is 31st January 2021.

Our stories

Take inspiration for your story from hearing what it means to some of our supporters to be part of Durham Wildlife Trust. 

Durham Wildlife Trust volunteer and long term member, Mike, on what wildlife means to him.

Mike talks about what he gets out of his links with Durham Wildlife Trust and the importance of the wider Wildlife Trusts movement in joining up wildlife to help conserve it for the future.

Seven-year-old Matthew makes the most of his family membership with regular trips to nature reserves

From pond dipping and bug hunts to our regular Wildlife Watch sessions for children, young family member Matthew is making the most of Durham Wildlife Trust. Enjoy his enthusiastic take on what wildlife means to him, it'll bring a smile to your face!

Trust member Chris, talks about the importance of Low Barns Nature Reserve to the local community.

Having moved to the area 20+ years ago, Chris has noticed since then the gradual migration of species from further south. She also touches on the vital link between local wildlife and surrounding communities.

New to bird watching, Ian is making the most of what our nature reserves have to offer.

Trust member, Ian, tells us how his wildlife knowledge is developing thanks to a combination of time at our nature reserves and our progamme of events. He also notes how vital and successful Durham Wildlife Trust's development of wild spaces has been over the years.

Paul talks about volunteering with the Trust and what he gets from the experiences

Durham Wildlife Trust volunteer, Paul, tells us about the variety of experiences he enjoys giving his time to work on practical tasks and the importance of volunteers and membership for the future of the Trust.