Can you do one wild thing every day for a month? Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is calling on everyone to take on the 30 Days Wild challenge by doing one simple, wild thing each day throughout the month of June.
30 Days Wild is the UK’s biggest nature challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts and kindly supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The annual challenge invites people of all ages to connect with nature every single day for an entire month.
Over two million people have taken part over the last nine years, with more than 500,000 people taking on the challenge last year alone.
Popular activities include wildlife-watching, eating outdoors, planting wildflower seeds and listening to birdsong.
Other favourite pastimes included bug-hunting, fruit-picking, growing plants and flowers, exploring a nature reserve, creating a mini pond or going on a river walk.
This year, there’s a new twist: 30 Days Wild will take you on a week-by-week adventure moving through five different themes:
●Week 1 Tune into the senses
●Week 2 Movement and play
●Week 3 Learning and discovery
●Week 4 Helping nature
●Week 5 Emotional connection to nature.
Weekly inspiration on these themes will help guide you, your family and friends through the challenge so that you can meet that 30-day target.
Plus, everyone who signs up will receive a 30 Days Wild activity pack, including a wild bee poster, along with seeds and other fun materials to inspire you to do something wild every single day.
Research has shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while also improving physical health. We all know how much happier and healthier we feel when connecting with nature.
Kirstine Bowen, marketing and communications manager for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We hope you will take part in our biggest nature challenge this year – a great excuse to get out and enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer.
“Whether tuning into the sound of bird life, taking a stroll through your local woods, discovering one of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s many nature reserves, making time to build a bug hotel or bird box, or even taking part in one of the trust’s volunteer group activities, whatever you choose to do, there are limitless opportunities to connect with nature, whatever your age.
Please get involved and tell all your family and friends to join in, too.”
When you sign up for 30 Days Wild, you can share your daily Acts of Wildness photos using the hashtag #30DaysWild on social media.
If you sign up, you will receive a free pack, either through the post or via email, as well as receiving fun activities from The Wildlife Trusts throughout the month to keep you inspired.
The 30 Days Wild free pack includes: Let’s Go 30 Days Wild calendar; Sensory Bingo; Wild bees poster; Seeds pack and more.
Ideas for activities include: Identify a wildflower; Follow a bee; Build a bug hotel; Go pond dipping; Have a picnic; Do some wildlife photography; Plant some wildflower seeds; and much more.