Local Wildlife Trust launches 30 Days Wild challenge

  |  Published: May 13th 2016
30 days wild challenge

The Wildlife Trusts, including your local Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, are launching this year’s 30 Days Wild campaign – all our lives are better when we’re connected to nature!

More than 18,500 people took part in 30 Days Wild last year carrying out around 300,000 Random Acts of Wildness across the UK. Even in the busiest towns and cities people found space for Random Acts of Wildness, amazing ways to enjoy time in nature.

Whether you smell a wildflower, listen to birdsong or lie in the grass and count clouds, nature helps us fully appreciate all our senses. That’s why The Wildlife Trusts are calling on people to take part in 30 Days Wild and do something wild every day throughout June.

The Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby surveyed people during and after last year’s campaign and found people reported feeling significantly healthier and happier not just at the time, but months after the challenge had finished. [Details below].

Hundreds of people are taking the 30 Days Wild challenge and completing Random Acts of Wildness! Sign up at wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild and be inspired with a few ideas from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.

  • Lie in the long grass and count the clouds
  • Go outside at sunset; listen to birds going to roost, and watch bats taking their first flight of the night
  • Jump in a big puddle
  • Count the spots on ladybirds, see how many you find which have different numbers of spots
  • Create your own pollination-haven with a hanging basket of nectar-rich flowers and watch the butterflies and bees move in
  • Use leaves, pine cones, twigs, feathers and pebbles to create artwork in the wild; take a photo and share on social media #30DaysWild
  • Start a nature table at school or at home; feathers, snail shells, flower petals and old bird’s nests make great talking points

 

Find out what other people did during 30 Days Wild last year:

12-year-old Alex White from Appleton in Oxfordshire

‘At first it was a bit of a struggle having to think of something new to do every day. But then it got really exciting and we started to think of loads of ideas. As it got easier I found that I wanted to spend more time outdoors. When it came to the end of June I didn’t want to stop. This year I want to get people from school involved: I found it really fun and inspiring, and I want to share that with people in my class.’

Mum of three Nicola Chester from West Berkshire

‘We accepted the 30 Days Wild challenge with glee: what a gift of a thing to do! We are pretty wild most of the time and perhaps because of this, I wanted our 30 days to be different; more thoughtful, more spontaneous. Mostly, I wanted us to do it as a family. We looked harder, listened harder, went the extra mile (literally). We stayed up on school nights and got out of doing chores. Some acts were planned; many just happened. And we got passionate about the loss of our wildlife. Our ‘random acts of wildness’ brought this family closer, giving us fresh memories and a lifetime’s connection with nature and each other. And we’re still doing it.’

Wildlife Trust volunteer Martin Woolner from Maidenhead

The challenge was a splendid excuse to immerse daily in my passion for wildlife ...and for a whole month! It was almost like going back to my childhood days when it all started. June quite busy but there were sufficient gaps for more random, spontaneous acts. My partner Gill and I, with the luxury of being retired, decided on the spur of the moment to go spider hunting in the Chilterns!’

16-year-old Dawood Qureshi from High Wycombe

‘Last summer I learnt how the natural world clicks together - not by pondering over it for millennia - but by being with it for a little bit of time every day. The 30 Days Wild campaign allowed me to routinely visit wildlife, not only because it means every day you’re venturing into a new and wonderful adventure, but also because you can do anything if it's nature related, even hugging a tree!’

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