Surrey Wildlife Trust is counting down to this year’s 30 Days Wild; June’s national nature challenge to do something wild outside every day for a whole month. Being in lockdown, the 2020 challenge is more important than ever before. With hundreds of ways to connect to wildlife and nature close to home, it will give those who take part a greater sense of health and happiness.
New research by Surrey Wildlife Trust found that 83% of people said reducing stress and anxiety was the number one benefit of being outside in nature. Three quarters said being outdoors helped them to feel healthier and 72% said it made them happier, whilst over half of respondents welcomed the fact that nature is free!
So why not sign-up to 30 Days Wild this month, ready to start on Monday 1st June? Make the most of summer, the wonder and beauty of nature and wildlife around you and experience all the health benefits. A wide variety of free and inspirational activities are available to download, so that people can get closer to nature the way that suits them best. 30 Days Wild is for everyone – wherever you live and whatever your age!
This year, all the amazing resources will be available exclusively online and include packs for families, schools and care homes. Downloads 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.
People signing up will receive more ideas from The Wildlife Trusts throughout June – these will include inspiration for wildlife gardening, nature photography, writing and blogging and making wildlife films.
Charlotte Magowan, Marketing and Communications Manager at Surrey Wildlife Trust, said:
“Our 30 Days Wild campaign is designed to lift the spirits under lockdown and harness the power of nature’s wonder and healing at this time. Whether it’s family activities, learning more about the natural world, or relaxing outdoors, we’ve got something for you.
Being outside and connecting with nature is so important for us all mentally and physically. Nature can be healing and make us realise just how important it is for us to give it a helping hand too. Every small action can help reverse nature’s decline, so whether you put food out for hedgehogs, build a bug hotel or sow wildflowers in your garden, everyone can play a part.”
David Lindo, celebrity naturalist known as the Urban Birder, is supporting the campaign and headlines the 30 Days Wild promotional video on social media. He said:
“I love being part of 30 Days Wild. Having been in lockdown myself for the past fifty plus days in Spain, nature has been the main thing that has kept me going. Looking up from my sun terrace and seeing multitudes of House Martins whizzing around filled my heart with joy! Watching TV and seeing the children being finally let out into the park after so long inside was a heart-stopping moment – the first thing they did was go to pick a flower. It’s so important to keep that connection with nature, every day, and never cease to be amazed at how wonderful it truly is”.
To sign up now for your free promotional pack, visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org/30dayswild and see David Lindo and friends on our social media @surreywt.