Insect Cafe Comes to Surrey as Nature Lovers Go Wild!

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Making stickmen, building wildlife ponds, racing snails, planting flowers for bees, cloud watching and climbing trees – just some of the thousands of acts of wildness inspired by the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild challenge in Surrey.

30 Days Wild has made me realise how much better I feel after a busy or stressful day, if I can get outside for a walk somewhere a little bit wild...

More than a thousand people in the county signed up to do something wild every single day in June. The campaign encouraged people to reconnect with the natural world or help wildlife wherever they live, work and play – and the number of ‘random acts of wildness’ topped one million UK wide.

Children at Ripley Court School, in Ripley, enjoyed setting up an insect café, jumping in puddles, cooking on a campfire, bug hunting, making woodland stick creatures, playing on a woodland drum kit and getting muddy.

“The children saw and touched creatures that they had never seen before and had a go at den building and campfire cooking. They were free to play and get dirty and they learnt to respect nature,” said Katy Gower, spokesperson for Ripley Court School.

“Children need to get outside and experience nature to learn to love it and in turn they will look after it. It’s also incredibly good for them for their health and minds – and they had fantastic fun!”

Jo Elphick, mum of three, from Redhill, threw herself into the challenge, exploring her local nature reserve, feeding the birds, cleaning up a beach and taking wildlife photographs – she even spotted a kingfisher and a badger!

“30 Days Wild has made me realise how much better I feel after a busy or stressful day, if I can get outside for a walk somewhere a little bit wild, even if only for half an hour or so,” said Jo.

“I’ve been a Trust member for several years now and have taken part in several of their courses, including wildflower identification, a bat night and a small mammal course, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It's incredibly important to protect the wildlife and habitats that we have here in Surrey and the Wildlife Trust does a fantastic job.”

30 Days Wild may be over, but it’s so easy to ‘Stay Wild’, happy and healthy by getting involved in some of Surrey Wildlife Trusts brilliant events, courses and outdoor volunteer days.

“Why not have a go at bat watching in Merstham, hunting for mini-beasts at Bay Pond, river restoration at Norbury Park or take the children along to Wild Tots at Newlands Corner – we’ve got loads going on and some beautiful reserves to explore,” said the Trust’s Charlotte Magowan.

“We also hope people will take advantage of our great membership offer in July. Support from our members ensures we can continue to carry out the vital conservation work needed to protect the wildlife of Surrey. We need wildlife but wildlife really needs us too!”

Sign up as a new member in July from just £2.75 a month and get a FREE cuddly otter toy or a wildlife gardening guide. To find out how you can ‘Stay Wild’ and claim your new membership gift, please visit

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