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30 Days Wild campaign returns for 2021

Barefoot in the grass
30 Days Wild - give barefoot walking in the grass a go. (Image credit: Matthew Roberts)

30 Days wild is annual celebration of the simple joys and wellbeing benefits of nature – and the invitation is open for as many adults and children to join the popular nature challenge this summer.

Organised by the Wildlife Trusts, the aim throughout June is to offer ideas and inspiration to help everyone make the most of the wildlife and nature on their doorsteps.

Every year, people sign up to do a “random act of wildness” every day for 30 days. Activities include listening to birdsong, taking wildlife photographs, bird watching, walking barefoot in the grass and planting seeds. 

New for 2021 is the launch of The Big Wild Breakfast, which calls for people to start their day on June 1 by seeing how much wildlife they can spot in just 30 minutes.

Boy with trowel in garden

Do something wild in the garden. (Image credit: Evie and Tom Photography)

Wild is good for your health

In 2020, a five-year review of 30 Days Wild participants, run in conjunction with the University of Derby, found that people reported they felt happier and healthier after taking part, with positive effects lasting for up to two months.

Leanne Manchester, the Wildlife Trusts’ digital manager, said: “One million people have enjoyed 30 Days Wild from The Wildlife Trusts so far and it’s still growing. 

“We’re thrilled that our annual nature challenge has become so massively popular and our research with the University of Derby shows how keeping it wild for the whole month of June will make you feel happier and healthier. 

“It’s fun, free and easy – and after such a challenging year, we’ve never needed nature more.

Banded demoiselle

Spot wildlife, such as the banded demoiselle (Image credit: Michael Jones)

Blossom time

Smell blossom (Image credit: Matthew Roberts)

Pledge to do randoms acts of wildness

The Wildlife Trusts – a movement of 46 nature charities across the UK – is inviting people to register and be ready to take part in 30 Days Wild. As part of the challenge you'll get a free:

  • Big Wild Breakfast nature-spotting placemat to download
  • Bundle of educational and fun resources
  • Top technical tips from wildlife webcam experts  
  • Details on how to record your breakfast bio-blitz nature spots 
  • Wildlife guides, how-to guides, a fun quiz event and much more 

30 Wild days pack

Register and enjoy lots of free resources. (Image credit: Wildlife Trusts)

Mya-Rose Craig, the ornithologist and campaigner known as Birdgirl, said:  “I’m a big fan of 30 Days Wild. I love being part of the surge of enthusiasm that emanates from everyone involved.

"Get creative and find 30 new ways to be inspired by the beauty of the outdoors and nature or be entertained by trying out new nature activities. 

"It is especially important if you live in the city as nature is all around, just waiting to be found. 

"I really want to try sketching a bird this year and I can’t wait to kick-off my wild June with the Big Wild Breakfast. I plan to take out my bowl of cereal, alongside my binoculars which are always by my side, and enjoy a bit of garden birding while I munch.”

Building a bird box

Build a bird box. (Image credit: Evie and Tom Photography)
Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.