Wildlife & wellbeing

Wildlife & wellbeing

Tom Marshall

Wildlife for wellbeing

Spending time in nature is proven to be good for our mental health. Watching wildlife - whether at home, in a park or at a nature reserve can lift our mood and alleviate stress. This channel brings the two together.  When you can't be in your favourite place or are too far to visit, you can tune in to some of our special wildlife here instead and take in some 'slow TV'.

Wildlife

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Education Officer, Susan Simmonds from Hampshire Wildlife Trust, talks to us about the dandelion. Often thought of as a 'weed' of grassy places, this familiar flower has a range of benefits for a variety of insects.

Somerset Wildlife Trust / Chris Hancock

A short clip of the view from the car park hide at Catcott Nature Reserve.

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Watch this painted lady butterfly.

Devon Wildlife Trust

Watch these house martins collecting mud to build their nests.

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Cattle egrets enjoying the new scrape at our Catcott Lows reserve. 

Essex Wildlife Trust

Learn about protecting our water voles.

Somerset Wildlife Trust/ Chris Hancock

A beautiful flutter of butterflies at South Hill.

Coastal wildlife

Our coast is home to some of the most fantastic and charismatic wildlife.  These wonderful little videos capture some of these characters absolutely brilliantly and reveal the very special skills they have. Make sure you turn up the volume too!

The solar powered sea slug

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Elysia viridis the sap-sucking slug, is a small-to-medium-sized green sea slug. It can be found from the intertidal zone to a depth of 5m.

The St Piran's Crab

Somerset Wildlife Trust

St Piran's Crab is an interesting hermit crab species. In 2016 the BBC Springwatch programme highlighted it and ran a competition to provide a vernacular name. The winning name was St Piran's Crab.

The Little Cuttlefish

Somerset Wildlife Trust

The Little Cuttlefish (Sepiola atlantica) is a species of bobtail squid and can grow to around 21mm in length.

The Shanny

Somerset Wildlife Trust

The Shanny (Lipophrys pholis), is a species of combtooth blenny. It feeds primarily on crustaceans and takes about two years to mature.

The Montagus Blenny

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Montagu's Blenny (Coryphoblennius galerita) is a species of combtooth blenny found around rocky shores with much wave action. It can grow up to 7.6cm in length.

The Greater Pipefish

Somerset Wildlife Trust

The Greater Pipefish (Syngnathus acus) is a seawater pipefish. It's latin name derives from the Greek symphysis (meanging 'grown together') gnathos (meaning 'jaw') and acus (meaning 'needle').

The European Lobster

Somerset Wildlife Trust

The European Lobster (Homarus gammarus) or Common Lobster can grow up to 60cm in length and weigh up to 6kg, and have a large pair of claws. contrary to popular belief European Lobsters are actually blue in colour (and only turn red when cooked).

The Black Squat Lobster

Somerset Wildlife Trust

The Black Squat Lobster (Galathea squamifera) or Montagu's Plated Lobster can grow up to 65 mm in length and is the most commonly found species of lobster on the shores of Northern Europe, living between the low water mark and depths of 70m.

The Common Prawn

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Common Prawn (Palaemon serratus) like most prawns has an external skeleton (exo-skeleton) made up of six abdominal segments and can grow up to 11cm in length.

The Spiny Squat Lobster

Somerset Wildlife Trust

The Spiny Squat Lobster (Galathea strigosa) looks like a mini-lobster or crab with red and blue stripes and long narrow claws.

Wellbeing

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northhamptonshire Wildlife Trust

Dr Amir Khan explains how a natural approach to health can have a positive impact on a person's wellbeing.

Wildstream TV

Check out some wildlife clips from Wildstream TV!

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Webcams

Ospreys, puffins, peregrines, owls...and more! Watch wildlife on webcams provided by Wildlife Trusts across the British Isles.

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barn owl - Russell Savory

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