30 Days Wild challenge reaches new record
The Wildlife Trusts’ annual 30 Days Wild challenge was more popular than ever this year – 400,000 people carried out well over 10 million Random Acts of Wildness over the 30 days of June.
Throughout June, The Wildlife Trusts’ challenge participants to do something wild and enjoy nature every single day. In response, people have been sharing their heart-warming stories and colourful photos and videos across social media channels. As well as the 50,000 individual households who signed up for their free packs of ideas, wall chart, stickers and wildflower seeds, over 9,000 schools, 1,300 businesses and 570 care homes also took part.
The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Communications, Joanna Richards says: “It’s been an extraordinarily wild month! We’ve loved seeing the creative and inventive activities of people taking part right across the UK - getting up close to bugs, butterflies and birds, rewilding a garden or making a daisy chain.”
Kieron Turney, a teacher who leads the Nature Club at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College in Sheffield says: “This is the third year the school has taken part in 30 Days Wild and it’s such a great challenge. This year we have focused on how these activities have improved the pupils' wellbeing and mental health. The kids have enjoyed different and innovative outdoor activities and had time away from their mobile phones too.”
Wildlife gardening in homes, care homes and schools was a popular activity, with people creating small ponds, building homes for bugs, sowing wildflowers, noticing the birds and insects that visited and pledging not to mow their lawns, to encourage more variety of wildlife to flourish.
Other Random Acts of Wildness included: waking up early to hear the dawn chorus at its best, organising beach cleans and litter picks, noticing a rainbow of flowers and trees growing in towns and countryside, care homes residents and carers have enjoyed planting pollinator-friendly blooms, making leaf art and creating wild playlists, with music inspired by nature.
There are 46 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.