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30 Species in 30 Days: Cornish Wildlife Challenge

30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trust’s national campaign challenging people to get outside and do something wild every single day in June - 30 fun and exciting ‘Random Acts of Wildness’.

Froglet by Jack Hicks ]There is still time to sign up and receive a FREE pack full of inspirational ideas to help people of all ages connect with nature and feel happier and healthier.

In Cornwall Jack Hicks, a member of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and talented wildlife photographer, has challenged himself to photograph 30 different Cornish wildlife species in 30 days and he will be taking over the Trust’s Instagram and Twitter channels to share his stunning images with their followers.

Kestrels by Jack Hicks Jack Hicks said, "This is my third year doing a 30 Days Wild challenge in which I aim to photograph a different species for every day of June. 30 Days Wild has honestly become my favourite time of the year. “I’m an avid wildlife photographer all year round, but in June I really step it up. The challenge of finding something new each day has taken me to parts of Cornwall I’ve never been to before and probably little known and seldom visited areas. The past two 30 Days Wild Junes I’ve seen things I’ve not otherwise seen in three years of wildlife photography: roe deer fawns playing in a stream, kestrels feeding young atop old mine buildings and peregrines hunting off of the coast.”

“There’s something very special about spending time outdoors and within nature; it just makes you feel good, and June is the perfect time of year to immerse yourself. On top of that, I can't think of many places better than Cornwall to get outdoors. Cornwall offers so many wild places and photography opportunities, whether its seals, dolphins, and peregrines on the coast or fox, kestrels, and cuckoos on the heathland, there’s so much to be discovered and to be explored."

Kingfisher by Jack Hicks To see some of Cornwall’s most beautiful and diverse wildlife and share the experience of Jack’s challenge throughout June, follow Cornwall Wildlife Trust on Instagram @cornwallwildlifetrust and Twitter @CwallWildlife
Jack will also share inspiring images from other people taking part in the 30 Days Wild challenge using the hashtag #30DaysWild via the Instagram stories function.

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. 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.

30 Days Wild is still 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 1st 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 – great for bees – a wall chart to make memories of this extraordinary month, and stickers to share with family and friends. There is also a 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 this audience.

For your free pack go here: https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/40705/petition/1

Photos by by Jack Hicks

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