For everybody, everywhere, every day with The Wildlife Trusts’ annual challenge: 30 Days Wild.
Last June thousands of people carried out 1.8 million Random Acts of Wildness during 30 Days Wild. That’s 1.8 million precious moments that brought people closer to nature and enhanced their lives.
Can you and your family take on the challenge this June and do something wild every day for 30 days? You might find yourselves spending an evening star gazing, building a bughouse, threading daisy chains or simply sitting in the garden and watching butterflies.
A Random Act of Wildness is anything that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes or, if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! And can be in your garden, local park or further afield on a trip to a nature reserve or the coast, or even in the heart of the city.
The Wildlife Trusts’ have lots of practical, fun and quirky ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ ideas for connecting with the wild around us but what you do and how you do it is up to you.
And its official - a daily dose of nature, even in bite size chunks, is good for you. The impact of taking part in 30 Days Wild has been tracked by academics at the University of Derby. Their study found that people who did something ‘wild’ each day for a month, felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature. From walking barefoot in the park to feeding garden birds, all sorts of activities proved positive for people – with added benefits for the natural world too.
The overwhelming majority of parents believe that a childhood separated from nature is a diminished experience. In October 2015 a YouGov poll of parents and children, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, found that 92% of parents think access to nature and wildlife is important for children in general. Yet 78% of parents are concerned that children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife.
30 Days Wild is a great way to start bringing nature into your everyday lives; and once you’ve gone 30 Days Wild, you might just want to stay wild for 365 days!
Have an amazing time going wild this June!
Here are a few Random Acts of Wildness to get you started:
Look up at clouds - What shapes can you see?
Race for a rainbow - Spot all seven colours of the rainbow in nature nearby.
Create artwork in the wild - Use leaves, pine cones, twigs, feathers, or shells and pebbles on the beach, to create a temporary masterpiece in the great outdoors.
Inhale a wild scent - Smell a wildflower or the leaves of a tree.
Cuddle your favourite tree - Work out if it’s ancient - the wider your hug, the older it is.
Lunch in the wild - Eat you packed lunch outdoors and watch the birds and beetles go by.
Lift up a log - Look under dead logs and in leaf piles - what creepy crawlies do you see?
Tickle your toes - Squelch your toes in grass, sand or mud, or dangle them in a cool stream: how many wild landscapes can you feel through the soles of your feet?
Read a book in the wild - Find a book about wild creatures and read it outdoors.
Explore somewhere wild - Explore a nature reserve, river bank or woodland that you’ve never been to before.
Admire the setting sun - Find somewhere with a view to the west, stay up late and admire the setting sun in all its colourful glory.
Tell wild stories - Use nature to inspire your characters, setting and plot; create the wildest story you can.
Keep a wildlife list - Make a list of all the wildlife you can see in your garden.
For more ideas of Random Acts of Wildness apply for a free 30 Days Wild pack: www.mywildlife.org.uk/30DaysWild or download the phone app: www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild/App. 30 Days Wild packs include a packet of wildflower seeds, activity sheets, a calendar to record adventures, stickers, and a poster (free but subject to availability).