30 Days Wild returns to Dorset - make yourself happy!
Thursday 11th May 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is asking the people of Dorset to take part in the Wildlife Trusts ‘30 Days Wild’ initiative, where everyone, everywhere is encouraged to do something wild each day for the 30 days in June, and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits resulting from spending more time outside with nature.
By carrying out ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ DWT is encouraging local people to do a different activity every day, whether it’s going for a walk next to a river, eating outside, meditating in a meadow or spending some time in your garden after work. 30 Days Wild is returning for the third year, with 30,000 people taking part in 2016.
The 30 Days Wild pack, with a wall chart, goodies and inspiration is FREE and your pledge to be wild for 30 days doesn’t have to take up too much time – whether it’s for a few minutes or hours a day, a dose of nature, even in bite-size chunks, is still good for you.
Study finds those who did something 'wild' each day felt healthier & happier
The impact of taking part in 30 Days Wild has been tracked by academics at the University of Derby. Their study found that people who did something ‘wild’ each day for a month, felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature. All sorts of activities proved to have positive effects on their participants, from feeding garden birds to walking on the beach or in a meadow.
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said, “We all know that by spending some time outside, perhaps after a stressful day at work or a busy day with our families, can make us feel better. So, why not record what you’re doing and make a commitment to doing it every day for a month? 30 Days Wild is suitable for anyone, of any age, any fitness level and any level of interest in wildlife – it’s completely free and it could make you feel happier and healthier.”
Sign up and stay in touch
Apply for a FREE 30 Days Wild pack here and download the phone app on itunes or google play. You’ll receive a packet of UK native wildflower seeds, activity sheets, a wall chart to record your activities, stickers and a poster. Schools will receive a large deck of ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ cards with inspiring ideas. You can also check out the DWT events programme at www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events to get involved.
Notes to Editor
30 Days Wild Packs are free but subject to availability.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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 26,500 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.
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