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People encouraged to do something wild outside every day this month

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People encouraged to do something wild outside every day this month

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 1st June 2020. (Updated at 6:12am 1st June 2020)

Surrey Wildlife Trust is encouraging people to take part in this year's 30 Days Wild amidst the coronavirus lockdown.

Starting today (1 June), the aim of the challenge is to get everyone doing something wild outside every day for a whole month.

With hundreds of ways to connect to wildlife and nature close to home, Surrey Wildlife Trust says it will give those who take part a greater sense of health and happiness.

Surrey Wildlife Trust 30 Days Wild image

New research by the charity found that 83 per cent of people said reducing stress and anxiety was the number one benefit of being outside in nature.

Three quarters said being outdoors helped them to feel healthier and 72 per cent said it made them happier, while more than half of respondents welcomed the fact that nature is free!

30 Days Wild is for everyone, with a variety of free and inspirational activities available to download.

Surrey Wildlife Trust How to build a bug hotel

This year, all the resources are available exclusively online and include packs for families, schools and care homes.

Downloads include a colourful wallchart, a wild bingo game, colour-in window poster and a passport log-book with ideas to record wild actions – including crafting with nature or going plastic-free for a day, to taking action for bugs, bees and butterflies in the garden. 

People signing up will receive more ideas from The Wildlife Trusts throughout June, such as inspiration for wildlife gardening, nature photography, writing and blogging and making wildlife films. 

Surrey Wildlife Trust Making a snail home

Charlotte Magowan, marketing and communications manager at Surrey Wildlife Trust, said:

"Our 30 Days Wild campaign is designed to lift the spirits under lockdown and harness the power of nature’s wonder and healing at this time.

"Whether it’s family activities, learning more about the natural world, or relaxing outdoors, we’ve got something for you.

"Being outside and connecting with nature is so important for us all mentally and physically.  

"Nature can be healing and make us realise just how important it is for us to give it a helping hand too.  

"Every small action can help reverse nature’s decline, so whether you put food out for hedgehogs, build a bug hotel or sow wildflowers in your garden, everyone can play a part."

David Lindo, celebrity naturalist known as the Urban Birder, is supporting the campaign and headlines the 30 Days Wild promotional video on social media. 

Surrey Wildlife Trust David Lindo
David Lindo

He said he loves being part of the campaign:

"Having been in lockdown myself for the past fifty plus days in Spain, nature has been the main thing that has kept me going.

"Looking up from my sun terrace and seeing multitudes of House Martins whizzing around filled my heart with joy!

"Watching TV and seeing the children being finally let out into the park after so long inside was a heart-stopping moment – the first thing they did was go to pick a flower.  

"It’s so important to keep that connection with nature, every day, and never cease to be amazed at how wonderful it truly is."

Sign up for a free promotional pack online.

Charlotte Magowan, marketing and communications manager at Surrey Wildlife Trust, tells us more about the campaign