(Above) Archie rockpooling at Kimmeridge © Futerra (below) Sophie and Milly at Kingcombe, West Dorset © Rachel Janes
As part of an exciting new challenge to get people out into nature where they live, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and the Wildlife Trusts nationally are asking everyone to do something wild, every day, for the month of June.
Everyone who signs up to 30 Days Wild the UK’s first ever month-long nature challenge will receive a pack full of ideas and ‘Random Acts of Wildness’, so that no matter how busy you are, you will find something wild to do every day!
Smell a wildflower, record wildlife sounds, read a book outside!
Acts of wildness could include anything from smelling a wildflower, recording wildlife sounds, reading a book outside, or rockpooling off the coast of Dorset. Those who sign up will also receive a wallchart to track their progress, a wild badge, and support from the Wildlife Trusts through emails and social media.
No matter what time you have or where you live, there's something wild to do!
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn said: “We’re here to inspire people, and show that whatever your age, wherever you live, and with whatever time you have, everyone can take part. Spending time outside is good for us both physically and mentally, so we want to inspire everyone to give themselves a chance to feel good with 30 days wild! Luckily for those living in Dorset, you will never be far away from countryside or beaches to explore, a beautiful landscape to admire or a wildlife spectacle to experience.”
Help us measure your connection to nature
This challenge will also give us a unique chance to see how spending time outside affects us those who sign up can take a ‘wildness’ quiz which has been developed with the University of Derby to measure people’s connection to nature, happiness and their pro-nature behaviour before and after the month.
Sign up today!
To sign up for a free pack, visit the webpage or visit our facebook/dorsetwildlife page for more information. Tweet us @DorsetWildlife or use #30DaysWild to let us know your ideas and progress throughout the challenge.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.