30 Days Wild, the Wildlife Trusts’ annual challenge calling on everyone to go wild every day in June, starts this weekend. This year looks set to be bigger and wilder than ever before. So far, a record number of 60,000 people, families, schools, businesses and care homes throughout the UK have signed up to take part – including hundreds of people on the Isle of Wight.
30 Days Wild encourages everyone to enjoy nature through daily Random Acts of Wildness – for example, listening to bird song, growing flowers for bees and making the most of our parks, gardens and school grounds. All participants receive a free pack of ideas to help them go wild, and evidence shows that taking part can also make us happier and healthier.
Becky O’Melia, Education and Engagement Manager for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said: “Our much-loved 30 Days Wild challenge is back again this Saturday and it is set to be an exciting month for everyone taking part. June is the perfect month to get outside and go a little bit wild. Our free 30 Days Wild pack has loads of fun ideas to help you explore the great outdoors - we can’t wait to get started.”
Ellie Harrison, presenter of Countryfile, is just one of the supporters of 30 Days Wild this year. Ellie said: “Being outside in nature makes us all well. The smallest moments connecting ‐ the surprise of a beetle revealing its wings; the fleeting secrets of bats at dusk; or the puff of valuable pollen from flowers we saw as weeds ‐ all bring us wonder and enchantment.”