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Go wild in Cornwall every day this June

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's annual challenge to everyone to get out into nature and do something wild and different every day in June is back for its fifth year and it looks like being wilder than ever.

Hedgehog by Jack Hicks Last year 30 Days Wild was a record breaker with over 350,000 people throughout the UK taking part, pledging to experience nature every day during June and carry out 30 Random Acts of Wildness. That’s over 10 million special moments with nature. From pop-up nature tables to dancing in a downpour or creating a bee watering-hole there are hundreds of easy ways to connect with nature.

30 Days Wild is open for sign-ups and includes a brand new FREE pack full of inspirational ideas to help people enjoy nature every day when it launches on Saturday 1 June.

The pack includes an activity-filled pull-out featuring ‘101 Random Acts of Wildness’, a packet of wildflower seeds to sow in the garden or window box (brilliant for bees), a wall chart to make memories of this extraordinary month and stickers to share with family and friends. There is also a free 30 Days Wild App too.

There are also packs for schools and businesses and, new this year, care home packs with activities particularly aimed to that audience.

In Cornwall, Jack Hicks, a member of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and a wildlife photographer, has challenged himself to photograph 30 different wild species in 30 days in Cornwall. His stunning wildlife images will be put on the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Instagram and Twitter feeds everyday throughout June. The Trust is also encouraging people to share their own wild acts on social media using the hashtag #30DaysWild and will be sharing their own favourites.

Carolyn Cadman, Chief Executive at Cornwall Wildlife Trust said, “My family takes part in 30 Days Wild every year and, apart from benefitting our health, it is great fun. You can do whatever you like; just get outside and go wild.”

Academic research shows that taking part in 30 Days Wild is good for people and wildlife. It improves participants’ health and happiness; last year 80% of people who took part said they felt more connected to nature and 56% said they felt happier.

Lucy McRobert who started 30 Days Wild for The Wildlife Trusts, has now published her book ‘365 Days Wild’ which gives her very personal take on the pleasures and benefits of connecting with nature. As the title implies it is full of ideas as to how to enjoy staying wild throughout the year.

She writes that “the best Random Acts of Wildness immerse you (if only for a few seconds) in nature, setting your senses alight. Smelling freshly fallen rain, tasting the sweet explosion of a fresh blackberry as you pop it in your mouth, wriggling your toes in the icy waters of a stream, waking up to bird song—it’s not just about seeing but experiencing the wild in every way possible.”

To sign up go to https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/

Photo: Hedgehog by Jack Hicks

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