About Active Wild

Active Wild is an educational website about natural history and science.

Whether you want to learn about the layers of a rainforest, the animal kingdom, or the different types of dinosaur, you've come to the right place! Our latest articles are listed on our homepage.

You can read about us below, but if you want to explore the site first, then either check out our books, or learn some amazing animal facts.

Active Wild

Our aim is to encourage a love of the natural world by providing entertaining and accessible articles, exciting pictures and fascinating facts.

We created our website to be an awesome FREE resource for parents, teachers and wildlife-lovers of all ages from all over the world.

If you have enjoyed your visit to Active Wild, please tell your friends and colleagues. For social media devotees, there are share buttons on every page!

  • Please feel free to join the thousands of other nature fans on our mailing list; you'll receive wildlife information and news from Active Wild via email.

Who are we?

Based in East Sussex, England, and headed by natural history writer Laurence Harwood, we are a small team of writers, editors and researchers who are united (and driven) by a love of nature and of learning.

What We Do

Active Wild is a place where people of all ages can come to learn about the natural world. We provide well-researched, in-depth articles on natural history. We also produce a range of inspiring books, teaching aids and other publications.

By presenting information in English that is simple and clear – with no patronizing ‘child talk’ – our website appeals to a wide range of ages.

It is our hope that Active Wild will inspire a new generation of Attenboroughs, Irwins, Humboldts, Linnaeuses and Darwins.

Who Is This Site For?

Our educational articles are enjoyed not only by young people and students, but also by adults who want to learn more about how the world works.

We include explanations and / or definitions of long words and scientific concepts. Exciting photographs will interest younger visitors. Our meticulous research and fact-checking means students and teachers can be confident using the site in an educational setting.

The content on this site is aimed at teens and above, and we ask that younger children visit only under adult supervision.

(Although we're a family-friendly site, not everything that occurs in the natural world is appropriate for younger kids! Some animal behavior, for example, may lead to awkward questions / distress. In addition, we monetize our site by displaying ads, see below.)

Our Products

Although we're based in England, we have customers from all over the world. For this reason, prices in our store are in US dollars.

We use Gumroad, a highly-trusted online marketplace, for transactions and downloads. We operate a 7 day no-quibble refund policy for all items purchased from ActiveWild.com. We're only happy if you're happy.

Please note that purchases of download products may be subject to an additional sales tax. This is an EU regulation and beyond our control.

About The Advertisements On This Site

We created Active Wild to be a free educational resource. In order for us to continue to do this, a number of advertisements are displayed throughout the site. Our advertising partners may use cookies.

The ads themselves are served automatically and we have limited control over which adverts appear. Some of the ads on this site may be targeted; please see our privacy page to see how we use cookies.

We hope that our visitors understand the need for the ads; we simply couldn't run the site without them.

However, we understand that in some classroom situations the ads may be distracting. We recommend the use of an ad blocker in these cases.

Naturally, we have opted out of displaying ads with adult themes. However, in the extremely unlikely event of an inappropriate ad being displayed please let us know so that we can block it from appearing again.

In order to block an ad we need the URL (i.e. the web address) of the web page that the advert is linking to. See below for directions to find this.

Once you have the URL, send us a message via our contact page and we'll take the appropriate steps to prevent the advert from appearing anywhere on Active Wild.

We welcome visitor suggestions about any aspect of the site. If you have any comments regarding the ads, please get in touch via our contact page.

How To Find The URL Of An Ad

You can find the URL by right-clicking on the ad (note: don't left-click on the ad or you'll be taken to the site being advertised).

Your browser will present you with a short list of options. Depending on your system you'll need to select either 'copy shortcut' or 'copy link' (if neither of these options is present, a similar option should be available).

Then, go to our contact page, and paste the link in your message (either select 'paste' from the edit menu at the top of your browser window, or press control + V on a PC / cmd + V on a Mac).

About The Images On This Site

We use images from a wide range of sources, including stock image libraries (e.g. Shutterstock), public domain libraries (e.g. UnSplash), and creative commons libraries (e.g. Wikimedia Commons).

We check the source of every image we use, and only use images for which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, we have the correct permission.

If you believe that an image on this site is being used without the correct permission, then please contact us, stating the URL (address) of the page on which the image is found, a detailed description of the image, and the reason why you believe the image is being used incorrectly, and we will remove the image in question.

If you would like to use an image from this site in your own project, then please see the "Can I Use Content From Active Wild In My Project?" section, below.

Commercial Enquiries

Thanks to high-quality, meticulously-researched articles, a dynamic content production schedule, and our boundless enthusiasm and passion for the natural world, Active Wild attracts millions of visitors throughout the year. If you would like to be part of the Active Wild story, then please contact us.

Get In Touch

If you have any suggestions, feedback, or even complaints, then please do let us know. We truly value your comments and really appreciate your taking the time to let us know what you think.

Please contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Spotted a mistake / typo / etc.?

Active Wild is put together by a very small team, all of whom are dedicated to promoting a love of the natural world.

We take pride in our site, and want all of the information contained within its pages to be accurate. However, we are only Homo sapiens; if you do happen to notice an inaccuracy, however small, then please do get in touch.

Thank you for visiting Active Wild.

Can I Use Content From Active Wild In My Project?


This website uses a large number of images from a variety of sources. Most of the images are under copyright control, and these may not be copied, duplicated, or used in projects, etc. Many of the images are library images for which we do not own the copyright, only the right to use them on our site.

Certain images, e.g., public domain images and creative commons images, may be used in projects, etc. (often with certain stipulations). See below for more information.

Unfortunately, due to: the large number of images on the site, the different licensing systems involved, and the time it takes to process image usage requests, we are unable to provide either permission or guidance for the use of images on this site. We sincerely apologise for this: we simply don't have the resources available to answer queries of this nature.

The resources below may help you to find the image(s) you need for your project.

Alternative Image Sources For Projects, Etc.

Public Domain Images

You may be able to find public domain images suitable for your project on sites such as Pixabay or Unsplash.

Additionally, the websites of several US Government agencies, including USFWS, NPS and NASA, have image libraries containing numerous public domain images. You are advised to do your own research regarding how images on these and other sites may be used.

Creative Commons Images

Many web images (including many on our site, where they are marked as such) are made available under Creative Commons licenses. You will need to read and abide by the relevant license in order to use a creative commons image in your own project. You can find Creative Commons images on sites such as Wikipedia.


You may not use text from the site. If information from the site is used in your research, then you must include the site (activewild.com) in your references and, for online / digital projects, a link back to the relevant page of the site.

Original Content Production

If you require natural history content for a commercial project, then please contact us.