It’s almost that time again! Time to reconnect with nature and try 30 Days Wild #30DaysWild. This is a great initiative to encourage everyone to get outside a bit more than normal (if you can) and engage with nature in some different ways. We did this last year as a family and love the opportunity to try even more nature themed activities together.
So what is 30 days wild exactly? It’s an initiative organised by the Wildlife Trust @wildlifetrusts / Scottish Wildlife Trust @ScotWildlife to do one ‘wild’ thing a day for 30 days (the whole of June).
For more information and to sign up and receive a digital pack with loads of ideas and resources to print out, go to the website:
So what are the benefits of being outdoors and doing ‘wild’ activities ? Well where do I start! Being outdoors is proven to be good for your mental and physical well-being. This blog from the Advanced Neurotherapy website, explains nicely how being outdoors actually improves your brains functioning and your concentration, it increases your Vitamin D synthesis and reduces stress.
Another great benefit of spending more time with nature is that you become more likely to care more about the environment, and change your habits to help protect the planet (which it really needs). The great David Attenborough said:
‘No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
So, if you can, get out there and experience it. If you can’t get out, open a window, get some fresh air in, get some plants for your indoor space – anything to get closer to nature. If you can appreciate the beauty of the nature on your doorstep, your ‘happy-place’ is always close to hand.
Also, if you can’t get outdoors this June there are still loads of ‘wild’ things you can do inside. Nature crafts, wildlife adoptions, learning more about UK species and donating to wildlife charities. You can even watch live (or recorded) nature talks online or enjoy any of the numerous web-cams keeping an eye on a vast range of birds and animals around the UK.
There will also be a ‘ big wild’ quiz, so you can test the nature knowledge that you’ve picked-up during June.
In the learning zone you can also search for activities, indoor or outdoor and filter by age.
There are loads of activities here that look really good, we will certainly be trying out some of them out (along with Diane’s bee watering station) https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sustainable-wellness/wp-admin/post.php?post=1469&action=edit
I’ll let you know how we get on in the comments section, and would love to hear what anyone else gets up to. The main thing is to enjoy nature, have fun, and make 30 Days Wild your own.
30 days wild starts with a big wild breakfast on the 1st June. https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/big-wild-breakfast This is a Tuesday, so I think we will have to save our big wild breakfast for Saturday (5th), when we can be a bit more leisurely about taking our breakfast outside. Then we can relax and see what wildlife we can spot while we eat.
Let’s hope its not pouring with rain!!
Week 1: Home for a frog made with an old plant pot.