Nature meets new technology as wildlife challenge goes mobile!

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Nature lovers can now have wild inspiration at their fingertips as Surrey Wildlife Trust launches its new 30 Days Wild mobile phone app.

The free 30 Days Wild phone app offers users more than 100 ‘Random Acts of Wildness

The Trust is urging everyone to get outside and go wild this June by taking part in its 30 Days Wild challenge. The initiative is backed by new research that proves contact with nature really is good for our mental and physical wellbeing.

The free 30 Days Wild phone app offers users more than 100 ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ - simple actions people can take to help or connect with nature during the month of June.

“We’re really excited about getting people of all ages across Surrey engaged with nature every day in June – whether you take time out to smell a wild flower, listen to birdsong, go pond dipping or explore a wild place,” said Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Magowan. “This new app makes it so easy – you’ll never be short of ideas!”

The 30 Days Wild app is simple to use and available on iPhone and Android from Tuesday 24 May 2016. It generates random wild ideas, all of which are everyday ways to connect with nature or to help wildlife. The app also enables people to share activities on social media, through direct messaging or email. It’s available from the App and Google Play Stores, or can be downloaded at: wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild/app

30 Days Wild is a national campaign headed by the Wildlife Trusts. New research, carried out by the University of Derby following last year’s event, found that people who do something ‘wild’ every day for a month change their attitude to nature and report improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing.

Dr Birgitta Gatersleben, Director of Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey, said: “There’s a lot of evidence that being outdoors and being exposed to a natural environment has a positive effect on people. Seeing or interacting with nature helps people recover more quickly from stress and mental fatigue, it helps restore cognitive function and makes people feel more relaxed and healthier. People have an inbuilt connection with the natural world, a predisposed need to be related to nature and very short snippets of nature can actually be very beneficial.”

The Trust’s Charlotte Magowan added: “By looking out for nature on a regular basis people are more likely to care about and protect it - and that’s what Surrey Wildlife Trust is all about. We’re here to inspire everyone every day throughout June and beyond. Whatever their age, wherever they live, we want everyone to feel they can take part and join thousands of others to make nature part of their life.”

To sign up for a FREE 30 Days Wild pack, complete with a wallchart, stickers, a badge and lots of wild inspiration, register here.

Everyone is encouraged to share their 30 Days Wild experiences with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #30DaysWild.

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