30 Days Wild 2021: inspiration and activities for your Random Acts of Wildness
Day 1: Have breakfast outside
What better way to kick off the month than to sit down outdoors and enjoy the morning hubbub of wildlife? Take your cup of tea, bowl of cereal or toast outside for some fresh air and soak it up. Even cracking open a window will allow you to connect with nature.
Birdsong, rustling grasses and leaves, creaking branches... what have you heard or spotted? You can use our handy Big Wild Breakfast placemat as a spotter sheet. You can also tell us about your sightings on this page or via social media.
Day 2: Plant wildflowers
A garden or yard is a valuable home for wildlife by night and day, and is also a vital refuge for many kinds of wildlife. Anything we do to help, no matter how small, adds up to make a big difference for the future of native species.
That's why we're asking you to plant some wildflower seeds today. Even a flower pot on a windowsill will do! Here are also some handy tips for wildlife gardening.
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Day 3: Explore a reserve
Did you know that the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire manages over 100 reserves across the three counties? And together, the 46 Trusts of the Wildlife Trust movement manage over 2,300 reserves or 98,000 football pitches of wildlife-rich land?
Today we celebrate these wild spaces and recognise their importance in protecting the survival of the close to 88,000 different species of animals, plants and fungi we have in the UK. Not that we need any excuse to get out and enjoy these wonderful places!
Day 4: Sketch from nature
All you need today is a piece of paper and a pencil. Then find a good spot and have a look around - what do you see? A gnarly tree? Soft tall grasses? A beautiful wildflower? Birds at the bird feeder? A creepy crawly? See if you can draw them! If you want you can then add some colour with pens or paint.
Here are some other ideas for you to try (click on the images to view the detail).
Day 5: Go on a mini litter pick
Today is World Environment Day! The theme this year is ecosystem restoration which means preventing, halting and reversing the damage done to nature and to go from exploiting nature to healing it.
Let's do our bit by tackling one of the issues affecting our local area and wildlife: litter. Grab a bin bag and some gloves and head out to your nearest green space - what did you collect?
Day 6: Take a wild photo
You can use the video below as inspiration but you don't need a fancy camera to take wildlife pictures. You can take photos of insects, wildlife, or even the clouds in the sky with any camera or camera phone. You can find some additional tips on wildlife photography here.
If you don't have a camera to hand, have a go at making your own binoculars instead.
Don't miss this evening's Webcam Wildlife online special event: get stuck into the world of webcam wildlife with BBC Springwatch and The Wildlife Trusts' ambassador Hannah Stitfall. You can register here.
Day 7: Read a nature book, blog or poem
Check your bookshelf today and find a passage, poem or short story in which nature features prominently. Do you have any favourites - do let us know!
You can also use this opportunity to find out more about some of the many wonders of nature. Here are some of our top blogs from last year, or you can find your own blog to read:
- Starling murmurations
- How does my wildflower garden grow
- Wildlife photography showcase - Kevin Lunham
- The brilliance of beetles
- The Great British Snake Off
- Living with spiders
- Woodpeckers in the UK
- Nurture your nettles
- The secret world of fungi
- Amazing aquatic plants
Why don't you have a go at writing about nature? You can describe your favourite animal or describe your favourite place.
Day 8: Have a plastic free day
Day 9: Listen to bird song
From the melodious robin, blackbird and blackcap to the strident wren or the repetitive chiffchaff and great tit, there are many different types of bird song. Whilst they are often most vocal early in the day, you can hear birds calling throughout the day. Stop and listen a few times today, can you hear any? Do you recognise them?
Click on the link below to hear the song of some of our common birds.
Day 10: Create a log pile for bugs and beetles
41% of insect species face extinction. The loss of their habitats and overuse of pesticides are two major reasons why these little creatures are dying out eight times faster than large mammals.
However, it’s not too late and with your help, we can put insects into recovery. One thing you can do is to put some insect shelters in your garden. Click on the links below or use the instruction sheet for guidance.
Day 11: Recording wildlife and grass trumpet
Recording plants and wildlife allows us to monitor how they are doing. This is particularly important for populations in recovery or declining to try and ensure the survival of the species. Find out more about how we do this.
If you have seen any of the following, please click on the links for information on how to report the sightings:
Use the activity sheet below as inspiration to record some wildlife around you.
You can also have a go at making natural music instruments.
Day 12: Set up a moth trap
There are more than 2,500 species of moth in the UK. This is many more than the 60 types of butterfly we have. One way to tell them apart is to look at their antennae - butterfly ones tend to be thicker at the end.
While some moths do fly during the day, most are active at night. A good way to see night time moths is to set up a moth or light trap. You will find instructions on how to set up a simple one below and the spotter sheet will help you identify them.
Day 13: Go on a minibeast hunt
There are some 27,000 types of insect in the UK and you might have a couple thousand different types living near you without realising it! Take a closer look in your garden or nearest green space and see how many of these colourful and characterful minibeasts you can find. Our latest blog introduces a few common ones, and you can also use the spotter sheets to record what you find - how many did you see?
Below you will find a couple of simple traps you can set up to take a closer look at minibeasts - but don't forget to release them once you've admired them!
Day 14: Look for a bat
We're halfway through 30 Days Wild already!
Today we are putting the spotlight on bats and we have some fabulous blogs which will help you find out more about these iconic mammals. They are nocturnal so you will only be able to see them when it's dark: before dawn or after dusk.
- An introduction to UK bats: the lowdown on these marvellous mammals
- Top tips from the real bat man: easy preparations to improve your bat spotting experience
- Bats in the mist: learn more about these fabulous nocturnal creatures on our nature reserves
- The technical side of bat surveying: information about bat detectors