Nature vs Countryside vs Environment vs Wildlife 

Hello English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. Good vocabulary is a foundation for communication skills. We use it to express our thoughts and ideas and improve communication. We need to understand the meanings of the words clearly in order to use them properly. In today’s lesson, we will look at the meanings of the words nature, countryside, environment and wildlife and discuss the differences between them. (Nature vs countryside vs environment vs wildlife)


The word nature refers to all related to the physical world such as animals, plants, rocks, etc. which is not created or controlled by humans.

  • In our country, nature is the most beautiful in spring.
  • The artist loved portraying nature, especially rivers and waterfalls.
  • Mother nature wasn’t kind to us on our journey across the sea. A strong wind was blowing and it was raining a lot.
  • Sara and her brother grew up in the country, surrounded by nature.
  • Tourists often disturb nature in the mountains.

Nature vs Countryside vs Environment vs Wildlife

The word nature also refers to a main characteristic of someone or something.

  • Sandra was very shy by nature.
  • The book he wrote was political in nature.


A countryside is an area outside cities or towns with fields, country houses, woods, country roads, etc., so it does not have much to do with nature but more with the rural environment.

  • The countryside around my place looks best in autumn. The leaves are different colours and the weather is perfect.
  • Ella’s grandparents lived in the countryside so she would spend all her summer holidays there.
  • Living in the countryside is lovely but I sometimes get fed up with mosquitoes and insects.
  • Jake and his wife lived in the countryside, far from all noise and traffic.
  • There was a beautiful view of the countryside from the castle.

Nature vs Countryside vs Environment vs Wildlife


Environment in general refers to the natural world, so it includes the surrounding, land, water and air where animals, plants and humans live.

  • Recycling and planting new trees can help a lot to save the environment.
  • The government banned the use of certain chemicals in the factory because they can damage the environment.
  • The lizard has changed its colour to adapt to the new environment.
  • It would be great for the environment if people rode bikes instead of cars and used reusable things.
  • How big is your ecological footprint and what is it you can do to protect your natural environment today?

Nature vs Countryside vs Environment vs Wildlife


Wildlife refers to animals and plants living in their natural conditions, away from people. 

  • Nowadays, you will find more and more wildlife parks in the cities, where animals live freely in their natural environment.
  • They declared the land a wildlife reserve in order to protect the flora and fauna.
  • The drought caused a lot of damage to the wildlife.
  • The artist expressed his love of nature by painting some beautiful wildlife paintings.
  • The use of pesticides is killing insects and animals, and wildlife in general.
Nature vs Countryside vs Environment vs Wildlife
Nature vs Countryside vs Environment vs Wildlife

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Rosana · 29 Sep 2023 at 4:34 pm

Is it possible to refer to the countryside only as country? For example: I used to live in a big city, but now live in the country! Thank you!

    My Lingua Academy · 29 Sep 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Yes, country and countryside are synonymous. You can use them interchangeably.

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