Our lives are better when they are a little bit wild. Plus, immersing yourself in nature where you live has fantastic benefits for your health and wellbeing.
What is 30 Days Wild?
The challenge is to complete 30 random acts of wildness – and these can all be done in or around where you live. Spending time in green space and close to nature is not only really good fun, it has benefits for our mental health according to charity Mind.
What activities are included?
Included in your pack is a range of activities and information to guide you through a wild month!
Here are a few ideas for Random Acts of Wildness you can do in your own home and garden to get you started, courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts:
- Planting wildflower seeds
- Set up camp, inside your house or out in your garden
- Create a log pile for bugs and beetles
- Attempt a plastic free day
- Go barefoot in your garden and connect with nature
- Switch a usual household product to an eco-friendly green one
So pop your sun hat on (or your wellies!) and discover how nature and wellbeing go hand in hand.
Who can get involved?
Everyone is welcome to take part in 30 Days Wild and do as little or as much as they feel comfortable with. You can take part in a group with your school or workplace or with your family at home.
The Wildlife Trusts’ website features a calendar with 30 ideas in total – one for every day of June! Plus lots more activities to challenge and inspire.
And for those of you who live in a Redrow home, the fact that our developments are designed around nature for people - providing green spaces, nature trails and diverse wildlife habitats - makes it easy for you and your neighbours to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors. We also link our new homes with local parks, cycle ways and footpaths so you can easily access the nature in your local area and travel around more sustainably.
Venturing out into your local big green space means you can have an even wilder adventure! Why not:
- Explore a Wildlife Trust nature reserve?
- Visit your local green space at dusk and look for bats
- Hug a tree!
- Make a map of local wildlife
- Exercise outdoors
How to help birds and bees
Why not use 30 Days Wild to make your garden a safe haven for birds and bees all year round by providing the essentials they need such as food, water and welcoming habitats.
If you’re asking yourself ‘how to help bees’ – then our article on creating a bee-kind garden will provide you with information on which flowers provide nectar-rich food for bumblebees.
Many ornamental plants that are commonly found in British gardens are of no value to wildlife as they often produce little pollen or nectar. Instead, ideal early summer flowers include allium, catmint, poppy, snapdragon, sweet pea and thyme.
Bumblebees are vital to our health as they help to pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables we grow in the UK. While their numbers have previously been in decline, there is lots of valuable work ongoing to boost their populations and, by creating bumblebee havens around our developments and in your gardens, we can all play our part to support bees.
If you would like to know how to help birds in your garden, then providing a water source, such as a pond, and regularly topping up bird feeders is a great place to start. You can even buy or make your own bird box to give nesting birds a safe place to call home.
For a step-by-step guide on building a wooden bird box from scratch see How to build a bird box from The Wildlife Trusts. The size of the hole will affect which birds your box attracts. For example, a 25mm hole is ideal for blue tits, while a 45mm hole will suit starlings, or opt for an open-fronted box for robins. Position your bird box two to five metres off the ground and in a sheltered spot to keep birds safe.
Find out more about how to build a nature friendly garden here.
We partnered with The Wildlife Trusts to create our Nature for People biodiversity strategy and ensure we leave a positive environmental legacy in and around our developments. Read more here: Nature For People | Redrow PLC