Sunday, 31 May 2015

30 Days Wild - The Wildlife Trust initiative for June 2015

I want an GM free world by 2050 Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Is a month-long nature challenge running through June 2015, from The Wildlife Trust. They are asking people to sign up and do something wild every day for a month – and make nature part of their everyday life. Things like:

Shutting your eyes to listen to bird song. Taking a wild walk at lunchtime. Lying back in the long grass. Searching out urban wildlife. Talking to someone on your street about nature. Eating something wild. Can you make nature part of your life - every day for a month?

The Wildlife Trust are not asking for the impossible and they don't want you to stop doing anything - quite the reverse – just to start giving yourself time in the wild every day. 

Maybe you already do this? Well this is your chance to share your experiences and ideas with lots of other people.

Everyone who signs up to 30 Days Wild will be sent an e-mail pack full of ideas, inspiration and information on how you can make nature part of your life. We’ll also send you personalised emails through the month with links to things you can do near where you live. You can join in on social media using #30DaysWild and #MyWildLife and the 30 Days Wild Facebook Group.

All you have to do is spend time in nature every day for one month - this could be:

• just a few minutes sowing wildflower seeds in a pot, photographing plants growing on a city centre wall or shutting your eyes to listen to bird song; 

• half an hour climbing a tree, mixing yourself a nature-smoothie or out spotting butterflies; 

• spend more than an hour to search a beach at low-tide, explore a local wild place you've never been to before or attract moths to your garden by building your own moth trap! 

We have 101 ideas to inspire you and encourage you to find time for nature in your life.

Enjoying the sand, sea and birds in Bangladesh Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Research has shown that spending time in wild places can help you feel happier and healthier, and the more people who make nature part of their life, the more people there'll be to help protect and restore it.

For my month, I'm going to try and notice when I'm connected to nature, like smelling a flower rather than just noticing that it is pretty. On top of my normal engagements with nature, I'm going to try to do some different things....

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl at RSPB Minsmere
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

About the writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol, UK and blogs about birding and conservation from around the world. Wader conservation is important to her and she is Ambassador to the global wader initiative World Shorebird Day. She is looking forward to Mountain Gorilla trekking this summer in East Africa and to watching penguins in Antarctica in December, her 7th continent. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter.

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