Wildlife Trust challenges Berkshire residents to do one wild thing every day in June

Estelle Bailey participating in the 30 Days Wild challenge. Image: Estelle Bailey

Submitted by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

A wildlife charity is calling on the public to do one wild thing every day for an entire month this summer as the UK’s biggest nature challenge returns.

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is encouraging locals to join this year’s 30 Wild Days in June to reconnect with nature and feel better as a result.

The fun challenge is organized by The Wildlife Trusts, which invites people across the country to do one wild act a day, like taking a walk in a park, feeding the birds or taking a picture of a sunset.

Sarah Godwin, from Berkshire, joined 30 Days Wild with her daughters Stephanie and Rebecca last year, and for a month they hunted bumblebees around bushes, walked barefoot through the grass, hunted bats and drawn pictures of flowers.

Now they plan to take the challenge again next month and encourage others to join.

Sarah, who lives with her family in Wokingham, Berkshire, said: “The 30 Days Wild challenge gave us the opportunity to connect with nature on a daily basis, and all the tasks were doable and enjoyable. My children have so much learned because there was a variety of activities, from a day out to reading a poem.

“Stephanie, my eldest daughter, said that her favorite task was to paint the sunset and that nature makes her happy. Rebecca, my youngest, said that she liked to walk barefoot on our grass and that nature is beautiful.”

Everyday wild acts can be as simple as having your lunch in nature, paddling your feet in a stream, watching the clouds, or just reading a poem about the natural world. Everyone who signs up receives a free pack brimming with crazy ideas and fun activities to keep going throughout the month.

The challenge is coordinated locally by BBOWT, and last year more than 4,000 people signed up across the three counties, including more than 675 schools, 35 retirement homes and 35 businesses.

Participants are encouraged to share photos and videos of what they do on social media to inspire others, and BBOWT also posts ideas throughout the month.

Estelle Bailey, CEO of BBOWT, said: “I know that getting closer to nature really makes me happier and healthier. We all need nature – for clean water, food and fresh air – and for our physical and mental health.

“Participating in 30 Days Wild is a wonderful way to explore the natural world on your doorstep and also take action to help nature. So why not get in touch with your wild side and sign up for our nature challenge this year? It’s good for you, it’s good for wildlife and it’s great fun.

Some of the most popular activities last year were wildlife viewing, eating out and planting wildflower seeds.

A survey of participants revealed that the pandemic has had a positive effect on their appreciation of the natural world and that by connecting with nature, people have been inspired to take action for the world around them:

  • 78% of participants said the pandemic had made them appreciate nature more.
  • 88% said they were very likely to make their garden more wildlife-friendly after participating in 30 Days Wild or had done so.
  • 74% said they had already taken action to reduce their carbon footprint or would most likely do so after participating in 30 Days Wild.

Sign up for this year’s challenge and get a free activity pack here.

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