This year’s 30 Days Wild, a Wildlife Trusts’ national nature challenge to people to explore nature on their doorstep every day throughout June, has been a great success. In Leicestershire and Rutland we saw 1,000 people sign up – an increase of 30% over 2017 and more than ever before.
The Wildlife Trusts estimate that a record breaking 350,000 people took part nationally.
Lucy McRobert who leads 30 Days Wild for The Wildlife Trusts said: “We are thrilled that so many people are making time for nature, enjoying daily contact with wildlife and taking action to help it.”
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust launched the challenge with a family event at Leicester’s Abbey Park and continued with activities organised by Wildlife Watch Groups.
The challenge inspired all ages to create their own special times with nature by performing a Random Act of Wildness each day throughout June. Pond dipping, bug hunting, writing wild poems and racing to find the colours of a rainbow were just a few of the activities.
Teachers used 30 Days Wild school packs to take lessons outdoors and the first series of BBC Springwatch Wild Academy, a new programme for schools and young people, featured activities based on The Wildlife Trusts’ Random Acts of Wildness.
Photograph: Ben Hall (2020 Vision)
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