We made it! Today marks day 30, the final day of the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign. A campaign aimed at getting people to do one wild thing every day throughout June. The website shows over 12,000 people signed up, although I believe more people have taken part. As a wildlife educator I believe that people need to gain more exposure to the natural world. This kind of campaign really resonates with me and I have to say as a huge fan of the Wildlife Trusts to begin with, this has only strengthened my positive opinion of them. They have really pushed this fantastic campaign on social media, responding to huge numbers of people and really getting the excitement levels up about local wildlife.
The importance of doing something wild everyday cannot be underestimated; numerous studies show the health benefits associated with being outdoors in nature at least once every day. It is pushing the positive message that is sometimes lost on people, that to do something wild everyday does not mean that you need to go looking for exotic wildlife in the extreme areas of the world . It can be small and simple and equally as rewarding; things like looking at the birds in the garden, smelling the flowers in a field, noticing the butterfly in the bushes, feeling the bark on a tree, successfully identifying a type of animal, bird, insect, amphibian or plant. These small wild acts are the most significant, this is how a real connection with the natural world grows and how children and adults begin to associate with and care about the local wildlife around them. I truly believe a love of wildlife starts at home, having a passion and interest in local wildlife gives a foundation to explore and learn about nature further afield. By taking part in the campaign and doing something wild every day for 30 days I hope it will encourage people to continue to fit nature into their routine throughout the year. Huge congratulations to the Wildlife Trusts for a brilliant campaign and I know it will have a positive effect on many people and their local wildlife.
Have a look at the great work the Wildlife Trusts are doing across the UK here: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/