Posted 19th June
Day 13 of the 30 Days Wild challenge (13th June) revealed there had been a successful response, with nearly 50,000 people across the country signing up to participate in a random act of wildness each day throughout June
You can find out more about the campaign at 30 Days Wild or @30DaysWild, and see how daily connections with nature are inspiring people to enjoy the wild world around them, regardless of where they live. Thousands of wonderful experiences are being shared on social media. For instance Ange Lee's lovely idea of posting packets of wildflower seed through neighbours' letterboxes; Tom Smallwood who is doing A Wild Alphabet alongside his 5 year old daughter Emma; and 13 year old Dara McAnulty who has been climbing trees with his family to another world.
Among the supporters of the 30 Days Wild challenge this year are Amy Williams MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist, TV presenter and public speaker, who commented: "I have always been passionate about wildlife and looking after the world we live in. I’ve been lucky to go on some amazing wild adventures all around the world, but my love of nature began at home. Some of the greatest adventures happen in your everyday life. 30 Days Wild is perfect for me; it combines my love of being outdoors and staying active with my creative side, too. I can’t wait to get involved!"
Ellie Harrison, presenter of Countryfile and President of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, said: "Children are skilled at playing in nature. But they’re even better at it when adults are doing it too: it’s an approval that it’s worth doing. But perhaps most importantly of all, by watching adults enjoying themselves they too will learn how to have fun. Pledge random acts of wildness every day this June and join us in 30 Days Wild!’
Dr Alice Roberts, Academic, writer and broadcaster, said: "Getting out in the natural world is good for the mind and body. And it's not just for the weekend – it should be every single day. Immerse yourself in nature this June with 30 Days Wild!"
Levison Wood, Explorer, writer and photographer, said: "It's so important that interest in nature begins from an early age. Projects like 30 Days Wild are crucial in doing so and wish it every success."
30 Days Wild school packs will be helping teachers to turn their lessons 'wild' in 5,487 schools and nearly 1,500 businesses have signed up, making nature part of life at work. People are blogging about their experiences throughout the month.
The impact of participating in 30 Days Wild has been tracked by academics at the University of Derby, with the study finding people who did something 'wild' each day for a month felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature, with added benefits for the natural world.
Dr Miles Richardson, the Director of Psychology at University of Derby, said: "The impact of 30 Days Wild adds to the compelling argument for bringing nature into our everyday lives. Two months after taking part in 30 Days Wild, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people who reported their health as excellent. Last year’s results also show people’s happiness continued to improve after 30 Days Wild ended, which illustrates its sustained impact. This is important as it is happiness and connecting with nature that influence improvements in health. Our study also shows that those who benefitted most were younger adults and those who weren’t ‘nature lovers’."
Image courtesy of Nick Thorpe