Ran­dom acts

NWT are ask­ing peo­ple to carry out ran­dom acts of wild­ness

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A RAN­DOM act of wild­ness is some­thing we can all do.

In 2016 nearly 30,000 peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions na­tion­ally signed up to take part in 30 Days Wild across the coun­try in­clud­ing over 2,000 schools in­volv­ing 60,000 chil­dren. Between them, they car­ried out over 1.8 mil­lion ran­dom acts of wild­ness (RAW), ex­plor­ing, learn­ing about, and tak­ing ac­tion for wildlife near them.

The 30 Days Wild cam­paign is sup­ported by all the wildlife trusts na­tion­ally and our vi­sion is that over the next ten years it will grow to in­spire hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year to make na­ture part of their life. Whether you live in the heart of the city or at the end of a ru­ral farm track you can take part.

More than 500 peo­ple in Norfolk took part in a month of ac­tiv­ity and this year with your help, we want to more than dou­ble that. So what’s it all about? This June, the UK’s 47 wildlife trusts are invit­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to take one pos­i­tive ac­tion ev­ery day to cel­e­brate and en­joy wildlife and make it part of our ev­ery­day lives. The chal­lenge, no mat­ter where you are, or how busy your life, is to make space for na­ture in your life ev­ery day for a month.

A month may feel like a real com­mit­ment, but what is it re­ally? They can take as lit­tle as sec­onds or just a few min­utes. And, while lots of the ideas are great for chil­dren – there are plenty of sug­ges­tions for adults too. Af­ter all, na­ture makes you young at heart, so why should kids have all the fun?

We’ve been sug­gest­ing ran­dom acts of wild­ness for the past two years to ev­ery­one we know but how far can you take it?

AT HOME AND IN YOUR COM­MU­NITY

Some of the most wildlife-rich ar­eas can ac­tu­ally be in our ur­ban gar­dens and in the scrubby green spa­ces that sur­round us! Why not start a week­end project that helps wildlife and brings na­ture to you?

Turn your gar­dens and ur­ban green spa­ces into hedge­hog high­ways, cre­ate in­sect ho­tels or build bat boxes for our fly­ing friends.

Why not plant some wild­flow­ers and peren­nial plants or put up an in­sect or bug ho­tel - they pro­vide cer­tain in­sects with some­where safe to hi­ber­nate in.

YOU CAN HELP STAG BEE­TLES

There are two main re­quire­ments for stag bee­tles; dead wood and min­i­mal dis­tur­bance. A log pile for stag bee­tles will also pro­vide shel­ter for in­ver­te­brates and the best logs are in par­tial shade or par­tially buried (to stop the logs dry­ing out). If you place them ver­ti­cally, you can use this as a feed­ing ta­ble too: place seeds on top to at­tract birds. The log will at­tract other in­sects too; per­fect food for the lar­vae and birds alike.

AT WORK

Cre­at­ing space for wildlife at work is a great way of help­ing wildlife be a part of our ev­ery­day lives but with our busy work­ing rou­tines, it may not al­ways feel a pri­or­ity. So a work­place needs wildlife cham­pi­ons to make it hap­pen.

If you’ve got open ground near your of­fice, en­cour­age your col­leagues to cre­ate a wild space. A bland patch of lawn or paving could be trans­formed into beau­ti­ful plot to sit in or be­come a fo­cus to grow herbs, in­clud­ing hys­sop, sage, laven­der and rose­mary (all of which bees love).

If you’re in an of­fice higher off the ground, bird feed­ers will do just as nicely. Hang them out your win­dow, or get a small ta­ble that will stick to the win­dow.

And what if you want to take it a step fur­ther? Plenty of lo­cal busi­nesses work with us to get ad­vice on how to make their green spa­ces more wildlife­friendly, so do get in touch.

RAN­DOM ACTS OF WILD­NESS HELP WILDLIFE AND WILDLIFE HELPS YOU

Many stud­ies have shown that spend­ing time reg­u­larly in wild green en­vi­ron­ments im­proves your health and hap­pi­ness. In 2015, the wildlife trusts worked with the Univer­sity of Derby to eval­u­ate the im­pact of the first 30 Days Wild on our par­tic­i­pants.

The re­sults were star­tling. Peo­ple re­ported feel­ing sig­nif­i­cantly health­ier and hap­pier not just at the time, but months later af­ter the chal­lenge had fin­ished.

And what­ever ran­dom act of wild­ness you choose, let it be some­thing that you might do be­yond June. So if you want, go sim­ple:

Tickle your toes – squelch your toes in grass, sand or mud, or dan­gle them in a cool stream; how many wild land­scapes can you feel through the soles of your feet?

Ad­mire the set­ting sun – long sum­mer evenings are per­fect for soak­ing up na­ture. Find a view to the west and watch the sky turn crim­son, pink and golden.

Cre­ate a wild work of art - use leaves, pine cones, feath­ers and twigs to cre­ate a wild pic­ture. Leave it in the wild for some­one else to find and en­joy.

Last year across the coun­try 90% of the peo­ple who took part in ran­dom acts of wild­ness were not mem­bers of wildlife trusts and were not con­nected with what we do on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Please help us by en­cour­ag­ing your friends and fam­ily to take part or sug­gest that your lo­cal school takes on the chal­lenge. To mo­ti­vate you when you sign up (which is free) there are down­load­able re­sources and a spe­cial ideas pack.

To sign up just visit our web­site in May and use the link to find ideas for ran­dom acts of wild­ness, and lots of in­spir­ing sug­ges­tions for ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pack in­cludes a wall chart to track your progress and you will re­ceive reg­u­lar blasts of in­spi­ra­tion to help you.

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