Can you make room for nature this June?
This June, The Wildlife Trusts in Wales are asking everyone do something wild every day for a month. The challenge is simple: make room for nature – no matter where you are or how busy your life.
Everyone who signs up to The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild – the UK’s first ever month-long nature challenge – will receive a pack full of encouragement, ideas and ‘Random Acts of Wildness’. They will also receive a wallchart to track progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration straight to their inbox throughout June to help everyone make nature part of their lives.
You can experience nature wherever you go in Wales, whether that’s striding up Snowdonia, ambling along the Taff Trail or sitting in your local park or back garden. Take a trip to see seals and puffins on Skomer, red squirrels on Anglesey, or meet Monty and Glesni, Wales’ most favourite (osprey) celebrity couple, at Cors Dyfi.
The 30 Days Wild sign-up page is www.wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild. Detect, discover, dig; invite, inhale, immerse; shout, scatter and sweep… we’ve listed 101 fun and intriguing ideas to get you started. It’s all about making time for nature in your life – and it’s free.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales will be posting 'random acts of wildness' for each day in June on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
TV presenter Iolo Williams* is a supporter of The Wildlife Trusts’ month-long challenge. He can’t wait to get started and says:
“This month we want you to do something wild! You could climb to the highest hill, take a wild photo or even follow a bumble bee to see where it takes you. Join us for 30 Days Wild and find your wild life!”
We know that a generation of children are growing up disconnected from nature – only 1 in 10 children ever play in wild places. But this is a problem that affects adults too. It can be difficult to create the right moment or to find time for nature in busy lives. We’re here to inspire people – whatever your age, wherever you live, we want everyone to feel they can take part.
The Wildlife Trusts are asking people to invent their own ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ or use our list for our inspiration – these acts are everyday ways to connect with nature or help wildlife. Why not:
- Inhale: take a few seconds out to smell a wildflower
- Record: put wild sounds onto your phone and make them your ringtone – you’ll be transported back to the wild every time you get a call
- Encounter: share a close encounter with a favourite species – take a friend along to a Wildlife Trust event
- Create: make a wild work of art outdoors and leave it for others to enjoy?
Share progress and ideas using #30DaysWild or join the Facebook group. People who sign up can also take a wildness quiz which has been developed with the University of Derby to measure people’s connection to nature, happiness and their pro-nature behaviour before and after the month.
If you have a smartphone, you can download the free 30 Days Wild app which is available on Android and iPhone. Find put more here: www.wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild
*Iolo Williams is a conservationist, TV presenter and writer, and ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts in Wales.