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June is the month to go wild

Wednesday 10th May

June is the month to go wild

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is calling on the people of Nottinghamshire to make room for nature this June, no matter where they live or how busy their lives are.

The charity, which cares for over 60 site including the Idle Valley and Attenborough Nature Reserves, wants Notts folk to join the thousands of people from across  the UK that have already signed up for The Wildlife Trusts annual30 Days Wild campaign.

Once people sign up, The Wildlife Trusts will send people a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. They’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track their progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?
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! We've got 101 ideas - but you can make up your own, too!

Speaking on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Erin McDaid, Head of Communications said: “The premise for the campaign is simple, we’re encouraging people to do something connected with wildlife or the natural world every day in June and to share their experiences with our and their fiends via social media.”

One of the keys to this campaign is the fact that local Wildlife Trusts provide a host of ideas and events to help people connect with nature across the UK. Many of the suggestions, from enjoying your first brew of the day sat in the garden to recording bird song on your mobile phone and using it as your ring tone take no time at all. The other real element of success is that you can experience and enjoy wildlife almost anywhere, whether on your walk to work or simply by leaving your bedroom window open and listening to the birdsong early in the morning.

Erin added: “Some people, myself included, have used the campaign as an excuse to do things you wouldn’t normally do, such as laying down in a meadow and looking up at the clouds or taking your shoes off and feeling the grass between your toes.”

As locally based charities, Wildlife Trusts organise great events right across the UK and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has events throughout June from nature reserve open days, guided walks and moth recording sessions, to volunteer sessions where people can burn off a few calories whilst helping improve wildlife habitats on our sites.

Over 10,000 people have already signed up across the UK so why not join in the fun?

You can sign up to take part by visiting www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild

To help provide inspiration Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be hosting events throughout the month at its nature reserves across the county.

The month will get off to a flying start with a Wild Woodlands Holiday Club for families activity at Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford on June 1st. On the same day the Trust will host a Green Man themed carving workshop for adults at Skylarks Nature Reserve near Holme Pierrepont and on Saturday June 3rd there will be an Open Day at our Wilwell Farm Cutting reserve near Wilford. Details of these and other events can be found at www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events

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