30 Days Wild is the UK’s biggest nature challenge, organised by The Wildlife Trusts. Each year, people are encouraged to do a ‘random act of wildness’ everyday throughout the month of June.
So far, more than a million people have taken part, including over 650,000 last year alone.
Popular 30 days wild activities include wildlife gardening, building a bird box, drawing outdoors, and wildlife photography. Recently, The Wildlife Trusts asked 1,000 people who took part in 2020 what they enjoyed doing most. Listening to birdsong came out top, closely followed by exercising outdoors.
30 Days Wild has been proven to boost people’s well-being. Research by The Wildlife Trusts – run in conjunction with the University of Derby – found that people said they felt happier and heathier after taking part in 30 Days Wild, with positive effects lasting for at least two months.
Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“We believe there’s a huge public appetite for more connection to nature. We want to see neighbourhood nature everywhere for people to enjoy – from woodland walks to wilder community spaces, wide open meadows popping with wildflowers, lush roadside verges, wilder city parks, canal paths bursting with berries and birds, the air alive with the sound of insects once more and glorious nature-friendly gardens.
“People need easier access to vibrant, life-affirming wildness. 30 Days Wild provides a great reminder to explore more in June, to value what we’ve got, and to demand more action to restore nature close to where we live and work.”