Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust is encouraging Hertfordshire residents to take part in a nationwide month-long challenge to get closer to wildlife by doing something wild every day for the month of June. The campaign, called 30 Days Wild, is aimed at helping people better connect with nature and enjoy the everyday wildlife on their doorsteps.
“It has long been proven that nature benefits our mental health, that it makes us happier and helps children develop socially, emotionally and physically,” says Lesley Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. “We are a nation of nature-lovers, but we are losing our connection to wildlife. This is why The Wildlife Trusts have launched 30 Days Wild, to get people to go outside more often and to experience the wonderful world that lies beyond our homes, workplaces and schools.”
The campaign, backed by naturalists, TV presenters and authors, is free and open for everyone, including individuals, families, schools and businesses. Participants receive a free pack full of wild goodies, including a wallchart, a booklet containing lots of ideas and inspiration, wildflower seeds and much more. There are special packs for schools and businesses who wish to take part.
Participants are encouraged to complete a “Random Act of Wildness” of their choosing every day. This could be a five-minute walk on their lunchbreak or a whole day outside, building a pond or listening to bird songs.
Halfway through the month of June, on Saturday 15 June, the Trust is hosting the Chess Valley Challenge, a 10-mile sponsored walk from Rickmansworth to Chesham. The walk follows the beautiful river Chess and goes through the Trust’s recently extended Frogmore Meadows Nature Reserve.
Last year more than 350,000 participants across the UK took part in over 10 million Random Acts of Wildness as part of 30 Days Wild. As a result of the campaign, 71% felt more connected to nature and 64% said they were more likely to take action for wildlife.
Participants can register for free at hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/30dayswild.
Children playing © Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust