Get out and go wild for 30 days
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.