Islanders are being invited to have a wildlife-filled month with ’30 Days Wild’ – the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s challenge to get you connecting with nature this summer.  

It all starts with the Bild Wild Breakfast on Tuesday (1st June). Kick-off your day with breakfast outside and use the free breakfast placemat as a spotting guide to record all the wildlife you see in 30 minutes as you start the day.

For the rest of the month, see how wild you can go! Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) provide 30 Days Wild participants with ideas, wallcharts and activity sheets that give everyone easy ways of doing a ‘random act of wildness’ every day. Some of the most popular activities include a paddle in the Solent, listening to birdsong and stargazing.

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20,000 people from across the region took part in 2020, and nationwide 30 Days Wild had over a million participants! When you sign up for 30 Days Wild, you get loads of free activities to try. There are packs for schools, care homes and businesses to take part as well.

You’ll be part of a huge community too – thousands of people share their top tips and inspiration on the 30 Days Wild Facebook and Twitter pages. Signing up will also give you access to the 30 Days Wild email journey to join your local Wildlife Trust in all the festivities.

On the Island, there are so many fantastic habitats on your doorstep. HIWWT have lots of nature reserves to explore and there is so much wildlife to discover. From the mosaic of habitats at Newchurch Moors Nature Reserve, to coastal wetlands and red squirrels at Bouldnor Forest and chalk grassland at Arreton Down Nature Reserve, there’s something for everyone.

Surveys have shown that 30 Days Wild not only brings you a heightened sense of nature, but it will increase mental and physical wellbeing too. These positive changes last beyond June. People who took part reported feeling happier and healthier for up to 2 months afterwards.

You can sign up and start your wild journey at hiwwt.org.uk/30-days-wild.

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