Meet Our Ambassadors
As an environmentalist and climate campaigner it’s rare for a charity to encompass all the areas that I love, but I think The Wildlife Trusts do exactly this.
Environmentalist and birder, 18 year-old Mya-Rose first started writing articles for The Wildlife Trusts when she was just 13. Since then, she has written many thought-provoking pieces about nature and diversity in the conservation and environmental sector. Mya-Rose founded Black2Nature to encourage more children and young people from minority ethnic backgrounds to engage with the natural world and conservation. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Bristol in 2020.
Mya-Rose says: “The Wildlife Trusts have had a really positive influence on me as I've grown up. They have nurtured my love of all things wild and have encouraged me throughout. As an environmentalist and climate campaigner it’s rare for a charity to encompass all the areas that I love, but I think The Wildlife Trusts do exactly this. I’m really proud to have been asked to become an Ambassador and I can’t wait for us to make some real process on the ecological and climate crises together."
Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, Dave Goulson is the UK’s leading expert on insects with a focus on bumblebees. He worked on our Action for Insects campaign and is an accomplished author, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2013, and acclaimed for The Garden Jungle and A Sting in the Tale. In 2006, Dave founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to engage the public in taking action to save the species.
Dave says: “There’s no ignoring the science. I think this is the unofficial motto of The Wildlife Trusts, a charity after my own heart, which does so much to raise the profile of the smallest creatures on Planet Earth and the impact that their declines have on the web of life. It was an absolute joy to support their Action for Insects campaign and to share my lifelong passion. I’m delighted to become an Ambassador and support their vital work.”
It has been a pleasure working with The Wildlife Trusts and I'm so proud to be able to give something back by becoming an ambassador.
There is no escaping Dr Amir Khan’s enthusiasm. He became a firm favourite with the public following his appearance on Channel 5’s GPs Behind Closed Doors and he has gone on to cement himself as daytime TV’s go-to GP. His passion for the natural world is infectious and he has been an advocate for green prescribing for a number of years, knowing the benefit the natural world has for people, in particular for their mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Amir Khan says: “The natural world has something for everyone. And it has an incredible effect on us all. We’ve seen from studies that exposure to green spaces, from vast, undeveloped landscapes to urban parks and street greenery, lowers the body’s stress hormone cortisol. We know that children and young people who have access are more creative and imaginative. It has been a pleasure working with The Wildlife Trusts and I'm so proud to be able to give something back by becoming an ambassador. They have been pioneers in championing the use of nature for health and wellbeing, from nature friendly schools to the annual nature challenge 30 Days Wild. There really is something for everyone with The Wildlife Trusts!”
Actor and podcaster, David Oakes, has graced our screens in fantastic period dramas from Victoria to The Borgias. When he’s not on set or treading the boards he’s out walking in a glorious wild place talking to experts about the natural world and celebrating it in his podcast, Trees A Crowd. David has been a dedicated supporter of The Wildlife Trusts interviewing stalwarts of the movement for the podcast and hosting our 30 Days Wild Quiz from his back garden.
David says: “I have had the great pleasure of speaking at length to some of the most knowledgeable naturalists, biologists, entomologists and inspirational figures from the environmental sector, and been struck by how they all have a special place in their hearts for The Wildlife Trusts. This chimes with my own experience of this fantastic collection of dedicated individuals. I’m humbled to have been asked and am really looking forward to raising awareness of the extraordinary work that the Trusts do to restore the natural world at a time when we need nature more than ever."
I’m humbled to have been asked and am really looking forward to raising awareness of the extraordinary work that the Trusts do to restore the natural world at a time when we need nature more than ever.
Adventurer and science communicator Sophie shares her passion for wildlife and nature with thousands of fans through her incredible social media profile. Sharing the quirkier stories from the natural world in Sophie’s unique and engaging communication style, she has spoken at a number of Wildlife Trust events. Alongside Hannah Stitfall, Sophie completed a 300-mile trek, ‘Hike for Nature’ raising funds for their local trusts and they have plans to arrange another, equally demanding challenge next year.
Sophie says: “I’ve worked with a number of Wildlife Trusts to engage young people across the country and empower them to campaign and to champion wildlife. Whilst supporting the Trusts, I’ve been able to see first-hand some of the incredible work that they’re doing with our wild spaces and to protect our wildlife. I’ve seen where people’s donations go and the incredible work they support – knowing just how vital these donations are, spurred Hannah and I on when we did our Hike for Nature last year raising funds to support Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Devon Wildlife Trust.”
Whilst supporting the Trusts, I’ve been able to see first-hand some of the incredible work that they’re doing with our wild spaces and to protect our wildlife.
The breadth of Cel’s talents is astounding. He has presented on BBC, BBC Radio 1, CBBC and starred in White Lines, World on Fire and Cold Feet – he’s a tour de force! He’s an ardent advocate for nature, wildlife and the need to address the climate crisis.
Cel says: “I was over the moon when I was asked to be an ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts. It’s an absolute honour and privilege to work with the Trusts and such dedicated people to make a difference to the world that we live in, with a particular focus on all our beautiful, precious wild spaces and wildlife here in the UK. I believe that the strength of the Trusts is how attuned they are to what’s happening in our communities, what is needed and can convey that to decision makers, while also working tirelessly and crucially to protect, grow and nurture all our wild spaces we and the animals that call them home so desperately need. Not to mention they are all there for us to enjoy and protect too.”
National treasure and Olivier Award winning actor Alison Steadman has loved nature ever since she was a child, enjoying all that her small Liverpool back garden had to offer. Now living in London, Alison is a long-time supporter of London Wildlife Trust, where she also became an ambassador in 2016. Alison not only has fantastic film and TV credits under her belt, but she has presented some wonderful nature documentaries – highlighting her passion for the wild.
Alison Steadman says: “I’m extremely proud of all the work the Wildlife Trusts do with the local communities in which they work, but have come to see that collectively, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Their work is important, from big picture landscape restoration, to encouraging and supporting people like you and I to do our bit for wildlife, whether it’s in our garden, or campaigning on issues close to our heart."
I’m extremely proud of all the work the Wildlife Trusts do with the local communities in which they work, but have come to see that collectively, they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Presenter, filmmaker and conservationist Hannah is known to thousands through her inspirational social channel and her work with BBC Earth. She is the host of BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch digital content, which features interactive and engaging live discussions. As a skilled filmmaker, Hannah has travelled across the globe to highlight the plight of illegal trading and trafficking of wildlife. When back in the UK, Hannah is constantly exploring and showcasing the beauties of the natural world.
Hannah says: “I believe in a future for our wild spaces and the species that call them home. A future filled with wild meadows and orange-tip butterflies with chiffchaffs singing in spring. A future filled with dark-edged bee flies, badgers, barn owls and much more. It is an absolute honour and privilege for me to become an ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts. I know that together we will be able to champion British wildlife and our magnificent wild spaces, through lobbying, campaigning and fundraising.”
The natural world needs allies from all sectors and Richard has been championing nature and the environment both personally and professionally for many years now. Richard knows the Wildlife Trusts well and is the Patron of Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
Richard says: “I’m very passionate about protecting the natural world. My family and I spend as much time outdoors as we can, we’re lucky to have the countryside so easily accessible for us. I’m very proud to be an ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, the work that they do across the UK is awe-inspiring. It’s amazing that two-thirds of the population are within walking distance of a Wildlife Trust reserve, but often we don’t realise it. The innovative ways they get people to engage with the nature they have around them is incredible, I can’t wait to support more of this in the coming years.”