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Wildlings: How to raise your family in nature

Steve Backshall, Helen Glover

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Memoirs, Family & relationships, Natural history

A guide to rewilding your family, by adventurer and naturalist Steve Backshall and Olympic gold medallist rower Helen Glover, with contributions from Bear Grylls, Tim Peake, Michaela Strachan, Sir Chris Hoy, Judy Murray and many more

'Conjures up a world of pre-internet fun, a compendium of lost outdoor arts with an eclectic list of contributors' The Times


With contributions from: Bear Grylls on embracing adventure; Ed Stafford on flirting with danger; Sir Chris Hoy on riding bikes; Judy Murray on rainy day kitchen games; Michaela Strachan on creative word games; Gordon Buchanan on toasting marshmallows; Caroline Lucas on protecting the planet; Wayne Bridge on garden football; and many more.

The ultimate handbook for raising WILDER, HAPPIER, MUDDIER, MORE RESILIENT kids - whatever the weather and wherever you live. In the last few years parents everywhere have realised how crucial the freedom of the outside world is, not only for their kids' wellbeing, but the whole family's. They've also realised, however, that it's not always that easy.

That's where this book comes in. Taking you through different environments and activities to explore, from minibeasts in the garden and pond dipping all the way through to beach Olympics and sea swimming (via rainy days, wild woods and river exploration), there are ideas small and big for all ages that will get them - and you - more engaged and involved with nature, and the wildlife in it.

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Praise for Wildlings: How to raise your family in nature

  • Full of ideas to help us "rewild" our children . . . Wildlings conjures up a world of pre-internet fun, a compendium of lost outdoor arts [with] an eclectic list of contributors. - The Times

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Steve Backshall

Born in 1973, Steve Backshall was brought up on a farm. He studied English at University before taking a second degree in Biology. He is the presenter of the top-rated CBBC natural history programme, DEADLY 60. After writing for ROUGH GUIDES and filming documentaries for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC he became a key member of the expedition team for the hit series, LOST LAND OF THE JAGUAR, LOST LAND OF THE VOLCANO and LOST LAND OF THE TIGER. Steve has also written several books for children.

Steve's website is, and you can follow him on Facebook at and Twitter @SteveJBackshall

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