30 Days Wild - The only excuse you need to make room for wildlife in your busy lives this June and beyond

The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign really does seem to have captured the imagination of the nation and the time of year when we encourage everyone to let a bit more wildlife in to their lives is almost upon us.

The aim of the campaign is to get as many people as possible to reconnect with nature by doing something linked with wildlife every day throughout the month.

Far from being an onerous challenge, thousands of people sign up each year and those that do usually feel healthier and happy at the end of the month, but the fun doesn’t need to stop there.

If you’re worried that thinking up what to do each day will be beyond you, worry not. We’ve got stacks of ideas to share in our free 30 Days Wild pack and there’s a wonderful Facebook group where people from across the UK share their ideas, experiences and stories too. Whilst the campaign is also a good excuse to take some time away from the digital world, for those that can’t bear to disconnect there is also a 30 Days Wild app that generates ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ for you to try each day. 

30 Days Wild Girl with butterfly

We’ll be supporting everyone who signs up in Nottinghamshire via our website and social media pages and many of our staff and volunteers will be taking part too – we’re just as likely to be distracted from the wonders of nature by our busy lives, so 30 Days Wild gives us a great excuse to get back to nature too. I usually use it as a prompt to visit a much loved nature reserve or wildlife area that I’ve neglected to visit for a while and I’ll make a conscious effort to spend more time in my garden appreciating the plants, flowers, trees and wildlife – rather than just toiling away keeping it tidy.

30 Days wild boy in grass

Whilst I’ll be using the campaign as an excuse to get out and about around the county and beyond as much as possible this June, one of the beauties of the 30 Days Wild concept is that there are so many things you can do without the need to leave home and which are completely free. Why not take in the early morning bird song whilst supping your first brew of the day or head out into the garden after dark and shine a torch into your pond? If you’ve not got anywhere to be the next day you could throw open your windows and rely on nature’s alarm clock and wake to the wonder of the dawn chorus.

The 30 Days Wild sign-up page is wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild and once you’ve signed up and got your pack including seeds, stickers and inspirational ideas you can explore, inhale and immerse yourself in nature to your hearts content. This year there are special packs for care homes, businesses and schools.  

Sign up for 30 Days Wild

365 Days Wild

We hope that 30 Days Wild helps ensure that many more children grow up with a connection with nature. The campaign is a great way for families to share experience and for adults to share their knowledge with the younger generation.

365 Days Wild Book Cover

Connecting with nature shouldn’t be confined to a 30-day blast and we want as many people as possible to have a 365 day a year passion for wildlife. One person that demonstrates her passion year round is author Lucy McRobert who used to write features for this very page.

Lucy has just published a book called 365 Days Wild and we are delighted to be hosting an official launch event at Attenborough Nature Centre. This great new book includes 365 inspirational suggestions for enjoying nature. These 'Random Acts of Wildness' will encourage you to fall in love with, learn about or even help wildlife and wild places near you!

Lucy will be signing books on Sunday, 9th June at Attenborough Nature Centre and is holding talks at 1PM and 3PM. Spaces are limited to 40 people per session so book your slot now to ensure you don’t miss out.

For more details visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events

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