Go wild – daily

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

DO some­thing wild ev­ery day in June and make na­ture part of your life.

30 Days Wild is a new cam­paign run by The Wildlife Trusts to en­cour­age more peo­ple to ex­plore the nat­u­ral world on their doorstep, and go a few miles fur­ther if you want to.

Wildlife and wild places are closer than you think, so when you sign up at wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild you will re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal events and places you can ex­plore in and around Buck­ing­hamshire.

The ran­dom acts of wild­ness are re­ally easy – you can even do them while you’re at work, on the school-run, or chill­ing out at the week­end. The chances are you’ve never re­alised how much na­ture is around you, so make space for it in June.

Go for a stroll troll along­side thee chalk streams s of the River Chess and River Mis­bourne to watch the new­ly­hatched mayflies (like the yel­low mayay dun pic­tured) ) danc­ing throughugh the air dur­ing their brief pe­riod of flight.

Take your lunch-break out­doors watch­ing the bees bum­bling from flower to flower sip­ping nec­tar and fill­ing their pollen sacs.

Count how many dif­fer­ent birds you see when you’re walk­ing to or from school.

Love a tree – choose a favourite tree and pho­to­graph it from dif­fer­ent an­gles ev­ery day in June. You may see more crea­tures living there than you imag­ined.

Take the fam­ily for a coun­try walk and visit one of your lo­cal na­ture re­serves, such as Dancersend, to watch the but­ter­flies flut­ter­ing in and out of the wood­land and across the chalk grass­land, now dot­ted with colour­ful wild flow­ers.

30 Days Wild is part of a na­tion­wide My Wild Life cam­paign to show how be­ing in touch with wildlife makes a big dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.

Mak­ing room for na­ture is in­cred­i­bly easy to do at home, cre­ate nec­tar-rich ar­eas in your gar­den to at­tract bees, moths and other pol­li­na­tors.

A walk through Chilterns wood­land is inspiring, and you will be thrilled by the aerial ac­ro­bat­ics of swal­lows and house martins swoop­ing across the wa­ter at Col­lege Lake na­ture re­serve.

What will your ran­dom acts of wild­ness be?

Wendy Tob­bit is the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

me­dia manager

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