We all need to live a little wilder, to experience quiet moments away from the hustle of everyday life and to re-establish links with the natural world. It can be hard to connect with nature on a daily basis. That’s why 30 Days Wild is encouraging us all to take a moment a day throughout June to appreciate the natural world.
Now in its fifth year, 30 Days Wild is an initiative run by the Wildlife Trusts across the UK aimed at getting children and adults reconnecting with nature. Whether it’s spending a day at one of the hundreds of nature reserves across the country, or simply stopping for a few seconds to appreciate the scent of honeysuckle flowers escaping across a garden fence, every wild action counts in the challenge.
Hunting for minibeasts.
The Wildlife Trust website and leaflets have oodles of ideas to help you find your wild side this June. My kids can’t wait for June to begin – here are a few of their planned 30 random acts of wildness:
Tree climbing is a wonderful way for children to explore their wild capabilities and get up close to nature. Both of mine have just started going to a lovely forest school on a Saturday afternoon, and they have a whole wood to explore. Beech is best, apparently, so they’ll be including beech climbing as one of their 30 activities. If you don’t fancy leaving the ground, hugging your favourite tree is just as good for the soul.
Hugging trees is a valid alternative to climbing them.
My daughter is looking forward to visiting the local wildlife reserve with grandad, to sit in the bird hides and try out the new binoculars that she got for her seventh birthday. In June, look out for fledgling robins and blackbirds hiding in the undergrowth. Swifts and swallows are on the wing, catching insects to feed to their growing young. If you’re lucky, you might even hear the iconic call of a cuckoo in the distance.
Bird watching is an easy way to get wild.
Strawberry season is nearly upon us, and the kids are planning to raid the strawberry patch for juicy treats when I’m not looking – so what’s new? Any they don’t eat straight off the plants will be used for strawberry and red currant jam so that we can remember June sunshine in the depths of winter.
Here are some other activities we have planned for 30 days wild:
- Make paint with natural ingredients
- Talk to a friend about the most interesting wild fact you know
- Find a wildflower on the way to school
- Make bee cupcakes
- Camp for a night in the garden
- Hunt for minibeasts
Make bee cupcakes as one of your activities.
Spending time engaging with the wild has benefits for us and the natural world. Scientific research undertaken by the University of Derby on participants of 30 Days Wild indicates that the challenge helps people to feel happier and more relaxed. And connecting with the wild helps everyone to understand, love and care for our natural environment. So get out there and enjoy 30 Days Wild this June!