Access to natural spaces such as parks and nature reserves is unequally spread across our communities. People who live in the most deprived communities are ten times less likely to live in green areas than those who live in the least deprived areas.
It’s a major problem for society that, even in 2019, people living in the UK have such inequal access to nature. It means many in society are cut off from natural resources that could help them tackle the challenges of everyday life, such as poor physical and mental health. Bringing people closer to nature is really important to us, so we’ve been trying some new ideas to help non-English speaking communities find out about the wildlife near them.
Wildlife Trusts in Birmingham, Sheffield, Rotherham and Gloucestershire have been helping local communities to learn about the nature around them using sets of ‘Wildlife Explorer’ cards in different languages. The cards feature 30 different species that can be found on city streets, in parks and gardens or nature reserves. From robins and foxes to butterflies and oak trees, each of the cards feature an illustration and wildlife facts in English and an alternative language. So far, we’ve created cards in Slovakian, Urdu and Arabic.