Go wild for 30 days to connect with nature

Let your lawn grow '˜wild', dance in the rain or go star-gazing - these are just some of the ways in which conservation charity The Wildlife Trusts hopes people will try as part of a month-long wildlife challenge.

More than 18,500 people took part in The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge last June. Pic: Jess Charlton.

More than 18,500 people took part in the ‘30 Days Wild’ initiative last June and organisers hope to capture even more people’s imaginations as it launches this year’s challenge.

Around 300,000 ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ - different ways to connect with, experience and take action for nature - were carried out in the initiative’s first year and two months after taking part, a University of Derby study found that the number of people reporting their health as ‘excellent’ increased by more than 30 per cent.

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Jess Charlton, campaigns officer at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Participating in 30 Days Wild is really easy and completely free. All you have to do is sign up and we shall help support you with ideas of things to do, which we call random acts of wildness.

“Last year over 700 people participated in 30 Days Wild across Yorkshire. Many used the experience to help them unwind from a busy day, others found it a great opportunity to spend quality time with their family and everyone learnt something new about wildlife in their local area.

“30 Days Wild is a challenge to do something wild every day for 30 days across June, but we know that life can get a bit hectic, when you sign up you will receive a pack to help ensure you get the most out of your experience.”

The charity hopes more people will take action regularly to look out for nature as a result of taking part in the challenge.

This year’s 30 Days Wild runs from June 1-30 and the conservation organisation aims to inspire people to carry out one million Random Acts of Wildness.

Participants can sign up now at The Wildlife Trusts’ website and they are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using #30DaysWild