Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Wildlife Poetry

Richard reading poems to the Born Free staff at their offices in Horsham
Richard reading poems to the Born Free staff at their offices in Horsham
Wildness is available to buy

Poetry is an art form in words.  The putting together of words in new and unexpected ways, sometimes in rhyme.  Poetry can be a wonderful way to express feelings for wild animals and connections with the natural world.  This new section of Born Free’s site is devoted to wildlife poetry.

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Poet in Residence

Richard Bonfield

‘It is with much sorrow that I tell you that our greatly admired Poet in Residence, Richard Bonfield, is seriously ill, and will no longer be able to send us his extraordinary, deep and evocative poetry.  I have known him for many years and feel a great sense of loss – personally, for Born Free, for the world of poetry which has lost one of its most original and amazing talents and, of course, for his family.

I will be recording one of his poems on the poetry section of our website in gratitude for all he has contributed to the natural world, through his remarkable insight and unique talent.’

Virginia McKenna

Hear Richard's poem written for Born Free - The Born Free Alphabet

Available now!

Richard Bonfield's anthology - a collaboration between Richard, Born Free and Pollyanna Pickering.

WILDNESS: Animals in their Habitats is available at £13.00

Recordings of Richard's Poetry, read by Virginia McKenna

4 NEW poems - Incident at the Tomb of Arimathea, Teenage Shaman, Bees are Here and Roadkill

Doormouse Tryptich and First Kingfisher

4 poems - Spring on the Line, Chaucer's Bluebells, Surreal Swallows and Swallows Know


The Story of Echo

Birthday verse

Born Free was thrilled when our charity’s Poet in Residence Richard Bonfield wrote a wonderful new tiger poem especially for our Founder Virginia McKenna OBE’s birthday in June.  Virginia was delighted by ‘Misty Tiger’ and has made a special recording of the poem (listen here - mp3 0.9MB). 

Please send your own wildlife poetry to Born Free

Listen to Born Free’s Founder Virginia McKenna reading Richard’s extraordinary poem ‘The Beautiful Alphabet’.

Richard introduces and reads 3 of his poems (mp3 file 4.6MB)

Virginia reading Tiger and Manifesto by Richard Bonfield,


More Poetry Pages

Supporters' poetry

Virginia's poetry

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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