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Go wild every day this June with Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

PUBLISHED: 16:43 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 26 May 2016

Our chalk grassland habitats, such as Yoesden Bank in the Radnage Valley near High Wycombe, are becoming increasingly rare as a result of urbanisation, so the Chiltern ones are particularly special. They are home to butterflies, such as this comma, and many other species. This is also a landscape where plants such as the Chiltern gentian, bee orchids and wild marjoram are found.

Our chalk grassland habitats, such as Yoesden Bank in the Radnage Valley near High Wycombe, are becoming increasingly rare as a result of urbanisation, so the Chiltern ones are particularly special. They are home to butterflies, such as this comma, and many other species. This is also a landscape where plants such as the Chiltern gentian, bee orchids and wild marjoram are found.

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This June, can you do something wild every day for 30 days? Start with some random acts of wildness with Wendy Tobitt from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

Spending time in nature makes us happier and healthier. Whether you smell a wildflower, listen to birdsong or embrace a tree, nature enhances all of our senses. That’s why The Wildlife Trusts are calling on people to take part in 30 Days Wild and do something wild every day throughout June.

The University of Derby surveyed people during and after last year’s campaign and found people reported feeling significantly healthier and happier not just at the time, but months after the challenge had finished.

Thousands of people took part in 30 Days Wild from all across the UK; in high-rise urban ‘jungles’ to remote mountain tops; on islands from Scotland to the south coast. Even in the busiest city centres people found little patches of wildness and encouraged it to thrive.

Here in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire hundreds of people joined the last 30 Days Wild.


Plan your wild time

If you need inspiration for your Random Acts of Wildness: little ways to connect with, experience and take action for nature, here are a few ideas from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust:

• Photograph your favourite tree each day and see the way flowers and leaves change colour and shape.

• Take 10. Just 10 minutes sitting outside listening to birdsong and other sounds of nature is very calming.

• Create your own pollination-haven with a pot or hanging basket of nectar-rich flowers and watch the butterflies and bees move in.

• Start a nature table at school or at home. Feathers, snail shells, mosses, flower petals and old bird’s nests make great talking points.

• Fill up the bird bath with water every day – your garden birds will be very grateful for the chance to freshen up.

• Save a life! If you find a house-guest (e.g. ladybird, spider, woodlouse) you’d rather not give house-room to, carefully catch it and take it outside.

• Explore somewhere wild you’ve never been before. Take a walk around a church-yard or local park to discover wildlife in hidden places.

• Create artwork in the wild using leaves, pine cones, twigs, feathers and pebbles. Take a photo and share on social media #30DaysWild.

• Stop for a few seconds on your walk to school, the train or work to pause and smell the flowers in a front garden or hedgerow.

• Admire the setting sun from the top of the Chiltern Hills or Berkshire Downs, a river-side pub garden, or your bedroom window. Listen to birds going to roost, and watch bats taking their first flight of the night. 


Share your experiences

• Tell your friends to sign up for a wallchart pack: wildlifetrusts.org/30daysWild

• Share your 30 days Wild on social media: #30daysWild

• Follow Nicola’s 30 Days Wild: nicolachester.wordpress.com

• Follow Dawood’s 30 Days Wild: hear-tofwild16.wordpress.com

• Read more about your local wildlife in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire at www.bbowt.org.uk

Share your wildlife photography at berksandbucks.greatbritishlife.co.uk/photos

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