Thousands Get Closer to Nature as Charity Challenge Goes Wild!

Thursday 6th July 2017

Hunting for minibeasts - Pic Credit: Craig FreemanHunting for minibeasts - Pic Credit: Craig Freeman

Wild paddling, planting flowers for bees, cloud gazing, making stick men and listening to the birds – just some of the thousands of acts of wildness inspired by Surrey Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge this year.

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Nearly 7,000 people in the county signed up to do something wild every single day in June – including more than 5,000 school children. The challenge encouraged people to reconnect with the natural world and help wildlife wherever they live, work and play – nearly 50,000 people took part nationally.

"We had a great time taking part in 30 Days Wild this June – staff made elderflower cordial, kissed toads, went moth trapping and volunteered on a river project,” said the Trust’s Charlotte Magowan. “Our CEO Nigel Davenport had fun in his lunch break pond dipping, feeding the birds and hunting for slow worms.”

Children at South Farnham School discovered their wild sides with the help of their new class mascot - a cuddly badger. They had a nature-themed assembly, made homes for wildlife and talked about green issues.

Year four pupil Abi said: “30 Days Wild was great fun - I loved learning about our local environment and coming up with ideas to help protect endangered species. The nature assembly was very interesting - especially seeing things from the natural world that we don’t normally get the chance to see up close, such as deer antlers.”

Reigate father of two Craig Freeman blogged about taking part in the challenge with his family, under the name ‘Rambling Dad’. They enjoyed making wild flower art, hunted for insects, had a wild picnic, built a rain gauge and made bird feeders out of pine cones. 

“Taking part in 30 Days Wild has been an education, an inspiration and just plain old fun. It’s helped me spend so much quality time with my three-year-old daughter. I don't think she’s going to let me stop in July - and I'm not sure I want to!” said Craig.

“Whenever I'm outside, whether it's walking to work, gardening or exploring the Surrey countryside with the family, I now look closer, listen harder and take the time to slow down and appreciate what's around me. This not only helps my heart rate slow but it also calms down the busy thoughts in my head, which is so good for me!”

Surrey Wildlife Trust is Fidelity International’s chosen charity for 2017 and the Kingswood office of the financial firm threw themselves into 30 Days Wild, holding a lunchtime nature walk, a summer fun day and a wildlife quiz.

“Staff have really enjoyed being involved with the 30 Days Wild initiative and we hope this will encourage them to think differently about the environment and incorporate the outdoors into their working day where possible,” said Sherilee Weirich at Fidelity International. 

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

“Why not have a go at butterfly spotting at Norbury Park, hunting for mini-beasts at Nower Wood, river restoration on the Wey or take the children on one of our wonderful wildlife walks – we’ve got loads going on and some beautiful reserves to explore,” added 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 under threat in Surrey. We need wildlife but wildlife really needs us too – so why not join us!” 

Sign up as a new member in July from just £3 a month and get a FREE butterfly garden kit worth £20 while stocks last! To find out how you can ‘Stay Wild’ and claim your new membership gift click here >>

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