There are 2,300 Wildlife Trust nature reserves across Great Britain, which means most people live within a few miles of one of these special wild places. The Wildlife Trusts work with partners and local communities to create more wildlife and more wild places, from mountain tops to the seabed, and in our towns and cities.
Each year, the Wildlife Trusts run around 10,000 inspiring wildlife events, from city nature festivals to walks and talks in woods and meadows. They help people improve their health and wellbeing through nature-based activities and they are one of Great Britain's leading providers of outdoor learning and education for all ages - reaching 500,000 children each year. They couldn't do this without help from our players, who've raised over £8 Million for the charity.
These sessions are important for children as they help to build their confidence and self-esteem. In the case of Matthew, a 10-year-old taking part in Forest School sessions in Devon, the sessions gave him the opportunity to work on his emotional development, which had been impacted by his parents' alcoholism, poor mental health and violence. As a result, Matthew has grown a passion for the outdoors and now one day hopes to become a Ranger!
Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has also had a positive impact on wildlife and habitats. A ground-breaking project was launched to bring beavers back to Scotland in 2009, and in 2016 the Scottish Government decided they could stay. With their support, this year more beavers were released in Knapdale and the project was voted the charity's 'Wildlife Success Story of the Year'.