30 Days Wild

Tuesday 31st May 2016

Lying amongst the Eggs & Bacon and Sea Pinks, Bryher ~ © BareFoot PhotographerLying amongst the Eggs & Bacon and Sea Pinks, Bryher ~ © BareFoot Photographer

This June, can you do something wild every day for a month?

Feel happier, healthier and more connected to nature by doing something wild every day for thirty days this June. No matter where you live – from an urban jungle to a windswept mountain – wildlife and wild places are all around, waiting to be discovered by you.

Sign up to receive your inspirational pack, containing Random Acts of Wildness cards – bitesize bits of wild inspiration, a beautiful badge and funky stickers to accompany a gorgeous wallchart.

Identify a wildflower

We're not asking you to give anything up this June. You don't have to bake, grow a moustache or dress in funny clothes (although you can if you want, of course). We just want you to give yourself time in the wild: time for you, time your family, time to reconnect with nature.

People who do something ‘wild’ every day for a month change their attitude to nature and report improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing, according to new research which places nature connection at the heart of a happy and healthy life.

Go barefoot and squelch through mud...

An impact study, by the University of Derby, of 30 Days Wild - the UK’s first ever month-long nature challenge, which was run by The Wildlife Trusts in June 2015 - reveals sustained increases in participants’ happiness, health, connection to nature and positive environmental behaviours, such as feeding the birds or growing flowers for pollinators like bees.

Dr Miles Richardson, Head of Psychology at the University of Derby, conducted the study. He says: “Two months after taking part in 30 Days Wild, the number of people reporting their health as excellent increased by over 30%. And that improvement in health was predicted by the improvement in happiness and connection with nature. The impact of 30 Days Wild adds to the compelling argument for bringing nature into our everyday lives. Our grand challenges, such as health and declining biodiversity, require large-scale interventions and the evaluation of 30 Days Wild provides good evidence that time in, and a connection with nature can bring sustained benefits to public health, reducing demands on our health services, while also improving pro-nature behaviours. Even in urban areas, nature can provide a simple solution to complex problems.”

Picnic with the birds...

More than 18,500 people took part in The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild challenge, committing around 300,000 Random Acts of Wildness - different ways to connect with, experience and take action for nature - throughout June 2015.  

Nearly 22,000 people have signed up so far this year, including our very own Red Class at Five Islands School, so why not join them? 

For more information or to sign up click here -----> 30 Days Wild

Stuck for ideas?  Why not download the 30 Days Wild App - it has more than 100 "Random Acts of Wildness" for inspiration.

Be sure to check out our FaceBook Page and Twitter feed to find out what we're up to and how we're staying wild.

Let us know what you're up to by using #30DaysWild and #RandomActOfWildness or tag us in your posts!

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