|A family pond dipping at a Froglife event|
So it is possible to make up for a lack of exposure to nature during later life, but ensuring the young have access to nature is surely a better response. In London efforts are already underway. A new draft report Sowing the Seeds: Reconnecting London’s Children with Nature, commissioned by the London Sustainable Development Commission, looks at children’s contact with nature in the capital. The report suggests using the outdoor child as an indicator species; the presence of children outdoors as a measure of the quality of neighbourhoods. The study is the first to produce a comprehensive assessment of London’s natural initiatives for children and the resulting recommendations will help to ensure that contact with nature becomes part of everyday life for London’s children.
Froglife works with young people to engage them with the natural environment from an early age. We also offer opportunities to people who may have missed out when they were growing up. We are passionate about taking people with us on our conservation journey - a team effort is needed for us to save amphibians, reptiles and their habitats.
We are working towards a future where everyone has stories to share about their adventures spotting frogs, climbing trees and building dens.
- You can find the Childhood and Nature report here
- More about Froglife's educational approach and projects is available here
- You can get involved in Froglife's My Wild Life project and share your stories by getting in touch with Jodie here
- The Sowing the Seeds report is available here
Photo: Jules Howard