Steve’s Nature Diary
When you read this, you will still have chance to sign up for the Wildlife Trusts’ month-long national nature challenge 30 Days Wild. You can get your free pack at www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild and start planning for a wild June. Sign-up closes on the 15th June.
Last year's 30 Days Wild was a record breaker with over 350,000 people embracing the challenge of experiencing nature every day during June. In the pack there is a handy pocket-sized guide to 101 Random Acts of Wildness, a packet of wildflower seeds, a wall chart to make memories of your wild month, and wild-at-heart stickers to share with family and friends.
Things you might try include some of the more usual activities, such as instead of going for a walk to the same old places try visiting a new nature reserve – visit https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/nature-reserve
put your post code in and it will tell you where your nearest nature reserve is. There are at least 14 nature reserves within a 10-mile radius of Sedgefield!
Or try getting up early and visiting your local woodland to enjoy the dawn chorus. Or you might do something more constructive like build a bird or bat box or insect hotel for your garden.
For the more adventurous why not have a go at going barefoot in the park, dancing in a downpour or lying on your back and watching the clouds go by. From little actions (like stopping to smell a flower on your way to the shops or taking a moment to watch squabbling sparrows in a hedge) to big things (like giving up single-use plastics for a month or writing to your MP about why nature matters), 30 Days Wild is all about re-connecting with the natural world and doing a little bit of good for wildlife.
For the first time, the Wildlife Trusts have also produced a pack for care homes alongside packs for schools and businesses. Research has shown that providing contact with nature can help people to feel happier and healthier.
One of 30 Days Wild’s highlights, our Big Wild Weekend will take place on 15-16th June. Wildlife Trusts across the UK are planning a fabulous array of events. Last year these events included a dusk-to-dawn expedition, a prowl for owls, glow worms, nightjars and stars. Visit Durham, Tees Valley or Northumberland Wildlife Trusts websites to find out what is happening near you. Now in its fifth year, 30 Days Wild participants keep up to date and share the fun and activities across social media using #30DaysWild