Stars back nature challenge 30 Days Wild

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is encouraging families to do something wild every day in June and help them appreciate the wildlife and wild places around them.

Its 30 Days Wild Challenge in the two counties has launched with a family fun nature day at Abbey Park in Leicester.

Throughout the month of June, including the Big Wild Weekend (June 16 and 17), there will be events throughout Leicestershire and Rutland including badger watches, guided walks, osprey cruises at Rutland Water, and an open day at Holwell Nature Reserves near Melton Mowbray.

In addition to Trust organised events there will be a Bioblitz around Woodhouse Eaves, plus a Wildlife Weekend at Bradgate Park.

Nationally 55,000 people, schools and workplaces, have already signed up to go wild in June.  The number of sign-ups is continuing to rise and The Wildlife Trusts hope to beat last year when an estimated 250,000 took part.

Naturalist, TV presenter and Rutland Water nature reserve Birdfair favourite Nick Baker (pictured) is one of the stars backing The Wildlife Trusts’ national nature challenge to do something ‘wild’ every day during June. He says: “Ever since I was a small boy I’ve been fascinated by wildlife and the natural world. It’s so important for us all to have regular contact with nature – I know it makes me feel happier and healthier. Taking the 30 Days Wild challenge is a brilliant way to reconnect with your own wild side – so why not get out and go wild this June?”

Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke says: “Try 30 Random Acts of Wildness in 30 Days!  I’d love people to connect with the wildlife around them – I think lots of people don’t know how to do it… this is the perfect way to start and discover how you can make a difference. Where will your wild adventure take you? I might dance in a downpour!”

30 Days Wild encourages people to notice nature on their doorsteps every single day and gives them a multitude of exciting and fun ways of doing it.

30 Days Wild encourages people to make their neighbourhoods wilder and green-up their streets, to help wildlife and to share the joy of nature.

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