Countdown starts to the UK’s biggest nature challenge – 30 Days Wild – this June

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In these difficult times, many of us will be noticing just now much better our lives are if they’re a bit wild. Spending time outside connecting with nature can help lift our spirits and brighten our days.

The Wildlife Trusts’ are counting down to the start of this year’s 30 Days Wild – June’s national nature challenge to do something wild every day for a whole month. Back for its sixth year, 2020’s challenge is more important than ever as we enjoy the wildlife close to our homes and the solace enjoying nature can provide.

June is one of the best times of the year to see wildlife fluttering, singing, nesting or in bloom. Not only will 30 Days Wild be a wonderful way to connect with nature and share our special random acts of wildness with others but it will also be a great way for us to help our much-loved wildlife. This year there will be even more ideas with simple actions that people can do to help care for wildlife near their own homes.

Another great thing about this challenge is that 30 Days Wild is for everyone – wherever you live, whatever your age. This year, all the amazing resources will be available exclusively online and include a colourful wallchart, a wild bingo game, colour-in window poster and a passport log-book with ideas to record wonderful wild actions – including crafting with nature or going plastic-free for a day, to taking action for bugs, bees and butterflies in your garden.

Taking part in 30 Days Wild can help people feel happier, healthier and more connected to nature and it’s also a wonderful way to start picking up new skills. People signing up will receive other ideas from The Wildlife Trusts throughout June – these will include more inspiration about wildlife gardening, nature photography, writing and blogging and making wildlife films.

In 2019, a record of 400,000 people took part around the country – the highest number yet, showing just how much the challenge has grown in popularity since it began in 2015. Over 9,000 schools and nearly a quarter of a million children took part, and thousands of people shared and responded to activities across social media using #30DaysWild.

Dr Amir Khan, The Wildlife Trusts’ health ambassador and TV doctor, says:

“Being outdoors and enjoying nature is fantastic. Not only to see what’s going on around us, but also for our physical and mental health. A lot of research has shown that spending – even a short amount of time – embracing nature, can have a positive effect on our health. Why not join us and do something wild everyday this June?”

Sign-ups are now open on The Wildlife Trusts’ website – so people can download their free and inspirational activities in plenty of time to plan 30 Days Wild, ready to start on Monday 1st June. Sign-up to take part in 30 Day Wild here!