As the days get longer and the weather (hopefully) improves, June is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors in the UK. This year, make it extra special by taking on the 30 Days Wild challenge!
A record estimated 650,000 people took part in 2020 – its most successful year since launching in 2015. Evidence shows that 30 Days Wild is proven to boost your mood, health, and sense of connection to nature.
30 Days Wild participants are provided with ideas, wallcharts and activity sheets that give everyone easy ways of doing a ‘random act of wildness’ every day for 30 days during June.
Popular activities include listening to birdsong, taking wildlife photographs and star-gazing.
This year, the challenge kicks off with a nationwide outdoor event on Tuesday 1st June: a Big Wild Breakfast. People can download a free breakfast placemat, designed as a wildlife-spotting guide, and record the nature they see in 30 minutes outdoors over cereal, toast or tea.
Surveys show that taking part in 30 Days Wild not only significantly increases people’s wellbeing and a heightened sense of nature – but that these positive increases are sustained beyond the life of the challenge – months after it is over.
“30 Days Wild from The Wildlife Trusts is the perfect reminder to get outdoors every day and have fun! You can be a backyard explorer, or a neighbourhood naturalist, and take action for wildlife in your own patch,” Steve Backshall, naturalist, explorer, and president of his local Wildlife Trust, says. “Or you can simply relax and enjoy your breakfast outdoors! As a dad with three young children, my typical breakfast time is a lot messier than it used to be. With the Big Wild Breakfast, I’ll be taking a welcome break from frantic routines and clean-up duty to spend 30 minutes of quality time outdoors with the kids instead. Whether it’s fantastic flowers, bright beetles, butterflies, the feel of the wind on their faces, or grass under their feet – they’ll be captivated by the adventure of it, come rain or shine.”
“Waking up with wildlife is something I personally appreciate every day, but if you’ve never tried it before you’ll be amazed what is up and about in the mornings,” said Dr Amir Khan, GP, TV presenter and Ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts. “You could see a fox, a deer or a rabbit, or hear baby birds’ first calls from a nest. It’s so good for us to connect with nature and the outdoors. We’ve never needed these moments more.”
Register to take part in 30 Days Wild and get a FREE:
- Big Wild Breakfast nature ‘bingo’ placemat to download
- Bundle of educational and fun resources
- Top technical tips from wildlife webcam experts
- Details on how to record your breakfast bio-blitz nature spots
- Wildlife guides, how-to guides, a fun quiz event, and much more!
Sign up for 30 Days Wild and get FREE activities at wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild. There’s a pack of wild ideas with options for individuals, schools, care homes, and businesses to take part too.
Also new for 30 Days Wild this year… Join a live YouTube event on 6th June on how to make the most of Wildlife Webcams in your garden, at work, or at school – led by BBC Springwatch’s Hannah Stitfall.