The inspirational tale of the humble blue tit… #30DaysWild

Have you ever felt like there’s no time to get out into nature? That wildlife is distant from you – it’s just on nature reserves and not part of your everyday life?

Well guess what, we’ve got the challenge to change your mind on all of that. It’s called 30 Days Wild, and we’re challenging you to do one wild thing every day for 30 days during June.

It can be as simple as blowing a dandelion clock, or walking barefoot into your garden before going to work and feeling the morning dew between your toes. Whatever your age, wherever you live, whatever your lifestyle, try injecting a little bit of nature back into your life this June.

Signing up is quick and easy. Just follow this link, and you’ll receive a booklet filled with inspiration, a wallchart to track what you’ve been up to over your 30 days, and we’ll send you e-newsletters over the month to keep giving you new ideas.

So to emphasise just how this challenge really is possible for everybody, I have a little tale for you. One of my colleagues at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Ben, lives in the middle of the city. He lives in a flat, and doesn’t have a garden. All he’s got is a little balcony. So how, you ask, can he get close to nature from the comfort of his own home? It’s all very well when he’s at work on a nature reserve, that’s easy, but surrounded by the urban? Without the smallest blade of grass to help him out?

Nope, none of that pessimism please. Nature is everywhere around you, you’ve just got to give it a chance. Ben put out a single birdfeeder on his little balcony, more out of hope than expectation… and within half an hour there were blue tits sitting on the feeder, munching on seeds. A few days later there were great tits too. A single act had allowed Ben to make a connection to nature in a seemingly forbidding environment.

So be inspired! Give the 30 Days Wild challenge a go, and who knows, you might be surprised by how easy it is to fit nature into your routine.

Blue tits feeding - copyright Gillian Day (WildNET) 2015
Blue tits feeding – copyright Gillian Day (WildNET) 2015

Need some ideas to get you started?

  • Hang a hanging basket (there’s that balcony again!) with some wildflowers in, and see how many bees and other pollinators come to visit
  • Don’t mow your lawn for 30 days – long grass is great for biodiversity; you’ll be surprised by how many different species you can spot
  • Instead of going to a coffee shop with friends, take a picnic to a park or nature reserve
  • Take a photo of the same plant or wildflower every day for 30 days and see how it develops over the month
  • Cut a hedgehog hole in your garden fence so that they can travel from garden to garden – a hole about the size of a CD case will do it. Then, get 5 of your friends to do the same
  • Get a worm’s eye view on the world – experience a new perspective, and the sights, smells and textures of life in miniature
  • Use #30DaysWild on social media to share your adventures 

So have fun being wild. And don’t forget the blue tits – nature really is everywhere, so go and look for it this June.

Emma

p.s. Keep an eye on this blog – we’ll be sharing some of our favourite Random Acts of Wildness. Click the ‘Follow WKWT’ button on the right to receive an email every time we post.

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