Whenever I stand on the sea wall at RSPB Wallasea Island, with the dust-muddied estuarine water lapping at the sea aster, looking at an egret silhouetted against clouds resting on the tide, mottling the sun, I feel wholly wild.
Inside all of us is a wild thing. It gnashes, it gnaws and it roars, like an encroaching tide, desperate to be sated, longing to be let out. The beast within that we dampen in our day-to-day living is just craving the wilderness – the very thing that makes it whole.
It is our reserves like Wallasea, and others across the east that enable us to unleash our wild thing. Whether the sights and sounds shake you, calm you, chill you or fill you – our wild places make you feel. We need to feel. We need time for ourselves. Most importantly, we need to connect.
Our wild thing needs to connect with the landscape, because it is our wild thing that moves us to care and make a difference. Our wild thing empowers us to take action and speak up with for nature. Ultimately, our wild things and the places that make them enrich our lives.
If you have been taming your wild thing, make sure you unleash it this autumn. Here's a list of places for the big kids among us to unleash our inner wild thing, and the top #wildthings you can see this autumn:
RSPB The Lodge
RSPB Ouse Fen
RSPB Fen Drayton
RSPB Wallasea Island
RSPB Canvey Wick
RSPB Rye Meads
RSPB Frampton Marsh
RSPB Freiston Shore
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen
RSPB Titchwell Marsh
RSPB Lakenheath Fen
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