Since the reports emerged last year on the growing dislocation of children from nature and the risks this brings to their wider development, confidence and self esteem (see Wild child full of grace….) the RSPB and Natural England became founder members of The Wild Network. This initiative by an association of charities,organisations and individuals aims to champion the connection with nature for young children and to raise awareness to what children are missing as for many reasons they have increasingly less access to the outdoors. One of the results of the most recent research by the RSPB of more than 1,100 children has highlighted how urban young are ‘closer to nature than their country cousins’ which headlines an article in the Times (Oct 17, 2012).
Wild Network emerged out of a meeting hosted by Natural England held at the British Ecological Society headquarters in London. It was at that meeting that David Bond spoke of his ambition to create a film exploring how children engage with nature. David’s vision set out in that inaugural meeting has now been realised. PROJECT WILD THING has been billed by Adam Vaughn in the Guardian as ‘the film which could change your life’ Bond’s mission has been to explore why children today spend so little time outdoors and to explore what can be done about it.