It’s only a few weeks until this year’s 30 Days Wild campaign starts. Now in its third year, the Wildlife Trusts created 30 Days Wild to encourage people to engage with nature every day in June – and reap the benefits.
The University of Derby tracked the impact of last year’s activity, and found that people who took part felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature.
Dr Miles Richardson, Director of Psychology, who led the study, said:“The impact of 30 Days Wild adds to the compelling argument for bringing nature into our everyday lives. Two months after taking part in 30 Days Wild, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people who reported their health as excellent. Last year’s results also show people’s happiness continued to improve after 30 Days Wild ended, which illustrates its sustained impact. This is important as it is happiness and connecting with nature that influence improvements in health. Our study also shows that those who benefitted most were younger adults and those who weren’t ‘nature lovers’.”
Over 10,000 people have already signed up this year, committing to carrying out Random Acts of Wildness. Last year, there were 1.8 million of these and the Wildlife Trusts want to double that this year.
Don’t worry if you can’t think of 30 ways to connect with nature: you can get a free pack full of ideas, along with stickers are wildflower seeds. And if you want some inspiration before your pack arrives, here are some ideas from last year.
If you like the idea of feeling more relaxed, getting fitter, boosting your creativity and having fun for free, sign up for 30 Days Wild today.