Europe’s largest wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB, is conducting a two-year pilot scheme across UK, giving those aged 16-24 years free access to all 200 of its nature reserves as part of the “youth revolution” to increase young people’s engagement with nature.
Research conducted by the RSPB shows that levels of nature connectedness dip in the early teenage years.
Over 18’s are currently charged £6 per person.
- Children between six and 15 years old, the first child goes free when visiting with an adult.
- Subsequent children are half price.
- Children under six are always free.
The scheme comes into effect on the 6th of November 2023.
Emma Marsh, the RSPB’s executive director of digital technology and communications says, “We really want to remove the barriers they are facing on a daily basis. Taking away entry fees is a first step and it’s worth taking the hit.”
Marsh added: “For all of us across the environmental sector, it’s an age group that we’re all wanting to make sure it’s easier for them to engage.”