30 Days Wild: Make room for nature this June

Wednesday 1st June 2016

(c) Katharine Davies(c) Katharine Davies

An exciting new challenge for everyone! This June, The Wildlife Trusts are asking everyone do something wild every day for a month. The challenge is simple and designed to delight: make room for nature - no matter where you are or how busy your life. Make this the month when you do something wild every day, and let Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust motivate you!

Everyone who signs up to 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 funky wallchart to track progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June straight to their inbox to help everyone make nature part of their lives.

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.

Countryfile presenter and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust President, Ellie Harrison is a supporter of The Wildlife Trusts’ month-long challenge. She can’t wait to get started. She 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, with 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.

Gloucestershire is rich with opportunities to get close to nature and the perfect place to find your wild. Follow tracks and trails at Lower Woods; see rare butterflies at Daneway Banks; build a den in the Forest of Dean; have a picnic atop Crickley Hill or listen to birdsong and garden for wildlife in your own backyard.

In addition to all the activities you can do on your own, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are hosting a whole range of events and fun days to give you all the inspiration you need. Get your month off to a nature-filled start with Half Term Nature Quest on Wednesday 1st June at Robinswood Hill, followed by Open Farm Sunday at Greystones Farm nature reserve, Bourton-on-the-Water, on 5th June. Learn a new skill every week with courses to tickle your fancy, then pledge to stay wild by signing up to Walk 4 Wildlife on Saturday 2nd July.

Once you’ve got your wild inspiration we want you to shout about it! Share your progress and ideas using #30DaysWild_Glos on Twitter and Instagram or join the 30 Days Wild Facebook group. Whatever you do, make sure its wild this June.

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