How to get involved with 30 Days Wild in Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 May 2016
The Wildlife Trust is encouraging everyone to do something wild every day in June. Campaigns officer Alan Wright tells us why
Sunbathe like daisies, admire the setting sun, nap in the grass, track wild creatures, detect for bats, climb a big hill and build for beetles...
These are just some of the things that thousands of people did every day in June last year. A wide range – from children and families to pensioners and everyone in between – tried to do something wild every day for 30 days.
This month, The Wildlife Trusts will be encouraging those people – and thousands more – to get outdoors and go wild again.
In Lancashire, 30 Days Wild was a huge hit with hundreds taking to social media to tell us what they were doing. While The Wildlife Trusts in Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside planned and organised events for thousands of nature lovers, others just did their own thing.
One of our members, from Burnley, summed it up: ‘Some days I don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want to leave the house. It feels like the world is closing in.
‘When I get outdoors – whether in a deep woodland, vast, sweeping landscape or group of local fields – that all disappears. I feel calm and still, full of wonder at everything from a skylark bursting into the air with life pouring from its beak, to the glistening of sunlight on tranquil lakes.
‘Wildlife and nature have been my passion ever since I can remember, but since my mental health declined, they have been my saviour. We live in a country full of beauty, and I’m determined to discover every inch of it.’
Taking part in 30 Days Wild is not all about spotting wildlife, it is about doing something different. It could even involve just lying in bed listening to the birds singing outside – better with your windows open!
However, The Wildlife Trust would not recommend lying in bed for the full 30 days this June, particularly if the sun is shining. Try something different every day and build up to some serious exercise like that five-mile walk or try climbing your local hill.
Spending time in nature makes us happier and healthier. Whether you smell a wildflower, listen to birdsong or taste wild blackberries, nature enhances all of our senses.
We want adults to dance in the rain and make cheeky cocktails out of natural ingredients, like elderflowers. Children and families can make wild works of art, go star-gazing or even put down their technology for a whole day. Even people at work can find time for wildlife, by taking meetings outside in the sun and transforming work spaces into wildlife habitats.
No matter where people live they will be only a mile or so from a wildlife area. Manchester city centre has waterways which are natural corridors for some amazing wildlife and there is a beautiful dawn chorus in some of its tree-lined avenues.
Liverpool overlooks the Mersey where a pod of more than 100 bottlenose dolphins was spotted last year and otters have been seen closer to Preston than for many a year. Kendal is renowned for salmon leaping on the River Kent close to the centre. It’s a great excuse to get out of your office and have your lunch in a wild bit of your town or city in June.
A Merseyside member said: ‘In Whiston, one thing we could rely on, when the day was tough, was a walk down to Biggy. Our diamond in the rough. That little patch of countryside keeps us sane. A humble oasis, just off Lickers Lane, where mums take their kids to spy ducks and frogs. Young lads fish, walkers walk their dogs. It’s where we can escape to relax and just breathe, and long may that continue. Planners, please leave.’
Connecting with the wild
Share your 30 Days Wild with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #30DaysWild
Website - www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild
A packed programme
Events arranged by The Wildlife Trusts so far include the ever-popular Wigan Flashes open day, a shore search survey on Walney Island and a garden BioBlitz in Heysham in north Lancashire. Details of these and more events will be available on The Lancashire Wildlife Trust website www.lancswt.org.uk.
And at the end of June, you might just have a taste for the outdoors and be keen to do your bit for the wonderful wildlife in the north west. Contact the Wildlife Trust and help us to preserve and create habitats.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is asking participants to sign up for 30 Days Wild, and you will receive a wild pack. In the pack you will find:
• Random Acts of Wildness cards – bite-size bits of wild inspiration;
• A beautiful badge and funky stickers to show your love for the wild;
• Practical hints and tips on finding your wild life, with your Wildlife Trust.
Enter your code LIFE1 on our website to be entered into our exclusive prize draw, to win a mid-week or weekend break for you and your family to Center Parcs.