If you would like to do something positive for nature and pledge your support for wildlife this autumn, why not sign up for the Big Wild Walk fundraiser which takes place from 26th October to 1st November.
The challenge forms part of The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 by 30 appeal, which aims to raise £30m to restore 30% of land and sea by 2030. Funds raised by the Big Wild Walk will support local charity projects to create new wild places and healthier habitats to help nature recover and wildlife thrive.
To take part in the challenge – which can be completed indoors or outside, with the family, in a group or by yourself – choose from one of the following categories;
The hedgehog: for little legs. Try 3km a day; the distance that this much-loved mammal can travel around the neighbourhood in just one night, on the prowl for food and a mate.
The arctic tern: for high-fliers. Attempt to cover 96,000 steps over the week. That’s the number of kilometres an arctic tern travels on migration between the UK and Antarctica each year.
The nature nut: for the dedicated. Walk a new nature reserve every single day of the challenge. The level of difficulty is completely up to you: aim for 10,000 steps a day or push yourself to do 150,000 in seven days! Check out your local Wildlife Trust’s website to find your closest reserves.
Dr Amir Khan, GP and ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“Do join in the Big Wild Walk from The Wildlife Trusts, perfect just as the leaves are turning from green to red and gold. Autumn is a magical time when you get to experience the full majesty of the natural world. You may even be lucky enough to see some wildlife making final preparations before winter.
“I know that at this time of year we can put off going for a walk, jog or run. The excuses come quick and fast, ‘the clouds look menacing’, ‘it’s raining’ or ‘it will be dark soon’. We have all used these excuses, myself included! Why don’t you challenge yourself to get outside and in the process raise some much-needed funds for The Wildlife Trusts? Funds from the Big Wild Walk will go towards their 30 by 30 campaign that aims to put nature into recovery and protect 30% of land and sea by 2030. If we all work together and put our best foot forwards, we can do so much to support the natural world around us.
“If you are going for a walk outdoors, why don’t you make it a brisk walk? This way you get the benefits of being out in nature as well as the cardiovascular benefits of getting your heart rate up – good for you, and good for nature!”
For more information and details on how to fundraise go to www.wildlifetrusts.org/big-wild-walk
Main image: Big Wild Walk (Katrina Martin/2020 Vision)