Conservation and environmental awareness

  • Planet survival
  • Issues of conflict
  • Environmental awareness

Many outdoors enthusiasts have intense interest in, and affection for, the wild and natural places into which they venture. Their experience of an area is greatly enriched by knowledge of the local plants, animals, geology or history. Many others are keen to acquire such knowledge but are not sure where or how to obtain it. Many excellent field guides are now available, including a number specifically for popular areas. These books are generally in great demand when a group travels through an area with strong natural history interest, such as richly varied heathland. Leaders who can identify particular plants or animals and stimulate group members to observe unusual specimens are highly valued by their group or organisation. From a conservation viewpoint, people who develop a greater interest in and understanding of the natural environment almost always become stronger advocates for its preservation.