Get out and go wild for 30 days

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

DO you want an ex­cuse to get out­doors and go wild? You shouldn’t re­ally need one but we are just a few days from 30 Days Wild.

This is a Wildlife Trust ini­tia­tive to get peo­ple do­ing some­thing wild ev­ery day in June or just do­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to give them­selves a lift.

There is a vast range of ac­tiv­i­ties, rang­ing from sim­ply feed­ing the birds on your bird ta­ble to climb­ing the biggest hill in your area.

The Wildlife Trusts gave us a bril­liant list of ‘101 Ran­dom Acts of Wild­ness’ for last year’s 30 Days Wild. This in­cluded walk­ing in a rain shower, hug­ging a tree and ly­ing on your back look­ing at clouds.

In our re­gion we had peo­ple go­ing to many beauty spots, spy­ing dozens of species of birds and go­ing out record­ing var­i­ous mam­mals and in­sects. There were bat walks, dawn cho­rus walks and butterfly recog­ni­tion.

Per­son­ally, I vis­ited all of the na­ture re­serves be­long­ing to The Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Merseyside – 40 wild places in 30 days. It was an op­por­tu­nity to visit places I hadn’t been be­fore and to re­turn to some of my favourite places in the world.

I saw red squir­rels at Fresh­field near Formby, roe deer on the moors near Bolton, hares on the mosses, terns on Liver­pool docks, pere­grines over a car park and a weasel in Lan­cashire.

The im­por­tant thing here is that I would not have had these ex­pe­ri­ences if I had not been at the re­serves.

Check out our web­site – www.lanc­swt.org.uk – or keep an eye out in the press to see if there are events hap­pen­ing in your patch.

Get­ting out­doors is all about fun, education and keep­ing healthy. Go out as a fam­ily for a wild pic­nic or walk to a lo­cal pub or café for a meal.

The Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Merseyside is ded­i­cated to the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of the wildlife in Lan­cashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manch­ester and four of Merseyside, all ly­ing north of the River Mersey. It man­ages around 40 na­ture re­serves and 20 lo­cal na­ture re­serves cov­er­ing acres of wood­land, wet­land, up­land and meadow. The trust has 27,000 mem­bers, and over 1,200 vol­un­teers. To be­come a mem­ber of the trust, go to the web­site at lanc­swt.org. uk or call 01772 324129. For more in­for­ma­tion about Cheshire Wildlife Trust, call 01948 820728 or go to cheshirewil­dlifetrust. org.uk.

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