30 Days Wild returns to Dorset for 2016
Monday 16th May 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and the Wildlife Trusts nationally are inviting everyone to take the challenge of doing something ‘wild’ every day for 30 days in June.
The challenge, which was taken up by thousands across the UK last year, follows concerns that not enough people are getting active outside and making the most of the natural environment around them.
Activities for 30 Days Wild can include walking, bike riding, pond dipping, reading a book outside, or identifying a wild flower. Anyone of any age is invited to give it a go, no matter where you live in Dorset.
Spending time outside is simple, free fun.
Local resident and owner of ‘Charlie Moo’s’, Joanne Dewberry took part in 30 Days Wild with her son, Charlie, last year. She said, “Spending time outside is simple, free-fun. Our humble back gardens provide a plethora of outdoor activities including learning about and caring for local wildlife. My son Charlie buried an old washing-up bowl in a flower bed, filled it with rocks and water. Imagine his delight when we discovered not one but three fat frogs living in there!”
During 30 Days Wild in 2015, The University of Derby measured how ‘wild’ people were before they started the challenge, again when they finished and then again, two months later. The results were amazing, with people reporting feeling significantly healthier and happier, not just during June, but also months after the challenge had finished.
Improve your feelings of wellbeing by spending time outside
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said “Studies have shown that spending time outside can improve our feelings of wellbeing, and we want to show people that spending time outside, even if it’s not for long, can make you feel better. The great thing about 30 Days Wild is that it’s for everyone, no matter where you are, or what you’re doing. If you have five minutes, just a walk outside on your lunch break will suffice, or if you have more time, a day out at the beach or on a DWT nature reserve is a great way enjoy being outside.”
Sign up today!
To sign up to take part in 30 Days Wild, visit the 30 Days wild website here. You will receive a wallchart to track your progress, random acts of wildness cards for inspiration, a badge and stickers and practical hints on finding your ‘wild life’ with Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Tweet us at @DorsetWildlife using #30DaysWild and share your experiences during June.
Last year, Joanne tweeted what she was up to with her children for 30 Days wild and shared ideas for getting stuck in to nature in her blog.
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 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.
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