30 Days Wild
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Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is encouraging us to explore nature every day this month in a 30 Days Wild challenge. Sarah Buckingham explains
Our lives are better when they’re a bit wild. So between June 1-30 this year, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust will be inspiring people of all ages to explore nature every day in Hertfordshire, as part of a nationwide 30 Days Wild challenge. There are lots of things to do here in the county to enjoy our natural environment and we’ve collated our top 30 ideas to help you get started on your wild month.
• Smell something natural – tree bark, a flower, grass.
• Take your shoes and socks off and enjoy the feel of grass on your feet.
• Follow a bee and see where it takes you.
• Share a picture of your favourite tree and perhaps give it a hug!
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• Watch the sunrise or the sunset.
• Send a tweet to your local tourist board and ask them to talk about wild spaces.
• Record the sounds of your nearest wild place – how many birds can you identify?
• Go walking (and splashing) in the rain.
• Leave a wild patch in your lawn this year.
• Send a tweet to your local authority/councillors to say how important nature is.
• Make nature art in a wild place and leave it for someone else to enjoy.
• Read a chapter from a book on nature writing – outside.
• Explore a local wild place you’ve never been to before.
• Find a river or stream near you and sit by it.
• Write to your MP about a local wildlife issue.
• Identify a plant, bird, tree or bug you didn’t know before.
• Find a series of vivid colours in nature.
• Watch a nature webcam online.
• Send a photo of your favourite wild place to Hertfordshire Life.
• Enjoy a cup of tea in your garden when you get home from work.
30-minute (or more) challenge
• Adjust your running route or commute to take in more wildness.
• Sit still outside and see what nature comes to you.
• Devise a lunchtime stroll that takes in as much green space as possible.
• Share natural finds with friends and family.
• Invite a friend to come on a walk with you in a wild place.
• Make a mini-nature reserve in your garden.
• Volunteer in an activity outdoors rather than going to the gym.
• Play hide and seek with your children or grandchildren in the woods.
• Come on a Wildlife Trust event this month (see below).
• Choose your own adventure – get outside for half an hour and do your own thing.
30 Days Wild events in June
There are some great free events throughout June. Book as soon as you can at hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events, as places fill up fast.
7th Dragons and orchids at Amwell Nature Reserve, Ware
13th Butterflies and wildflowers of Panshanger Park, Welwn GC
17th Badgerwatch at Tewin Orchard
20th Wildflower meadows at Greys Farm, nr Royston
27th Pond dipping in Kingsbury, Harrow
28th Orchids at Blagrove Common, nr Therfield
Sign up to 30 Days Wild on social media using Twitter #30DaysWild and #MyWildLife or the 30 Days Wild Facebook group and you will be sent an information pack with full details of local events and more ideas for enjoying nature.