The Wildlife Trusts are calling on the nation to do one wild thing a day in June as 30 Days Wild returns for another year.
A record number of people took part in the UK’s biggest nature challenge in 2020, with 650,000 participants making this the most successful to date since starting in 2015.
Those signing up to 30 Days Wild will be provided with ideas, wallcharts and activity sheets offering easy ways to connect with nature every day during June. Popular activities for daily ‘random acts of wildness’ include listening to birdsong, taking wildlife photographs and stargazing, with everyone encouraged to get outside and enjoy the benefits of nature.
This year, the challenge kicks off with a Big Wild Breakfast on Tuesday 1st June. Download a free breakfast placemat, designed as a wildlife-spotting guide, to record any nature seen within 30 minutes outdoors as part of a nationwide event.
Also new for 30 Days Wild this year, a live YouTube event will take place on 6th June showing how to make the most of Wildlife Webcams in your garden, at work or at school, led by BBC Springwatch’s Hannah Stitfall – wildlifetrusts.org/events/webcam-wildlife.
You’ll also find instructions for building a NatureWatch Camera included as a free download in this year’s 30 Days Wild pack. The wildlife camera uses computer vision – taking pictures when it sees movement – with everything needed to make the device, including downloadable software, available online.
Wildlife adventurer, Steve Backshall says: “30 Days Wild from The Wildlife Trusts is the perfect reminder to get outdoors every day and have fun! You can be a backyard explorer, or a neighbourhood naturalist, and take action for wildlife in your own patch. Or you can simply relax and enjoy your breakfast outdoors!
As a dad with three young children, my typical breakfast time is a lot messier than it used to be. With the Big Wild Breakfast, I’ll be taking a welcome break from frantic routines and clean-up duty to spend 30 minutes of quality time outdoors with the kids instead. Whether it’s fantastic flowers, bright beetles, butterflies, the feel of the wind on their faces, or grass under their feet – they’ll be captivated by the adventure of it, come rain or shine.”
Sign up for 30 Days Wild and get FREE activities – with options for individuals, schools, care homes and businesses to take part – at wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild.