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30 Ways to Connect With 30 Days Wild

2017-05-28 23.07.44With only a few days to go until #30dayswild, I’ve been busy preparing: looking through my bookcase for inspiration; gathering together the things I need for my ‘random acts of wildness’; and eagerly following other people using the #30dayswild hashtag.

One of the things I love about 30 Days Wild is the connection it gives, not just with nature but with other nature lovers. Sharing foraging recipes and gardening tips, crafting ideas and nature photos is a lovely way to engage with other people – and a great way to learn.

Here are some ways you can use 30 Days Wild to connect.

  1. Use the #30dayswild tag on social media – and share other people’s posts.
  2. Read a nature book and connect with nature through someone else’s eyes.
  3. Invite a friend to go on a nature walk.
  4. Play ‘nature snap’ on social media sharing your nature photos with other people who’ve photographed the same thing.
  5. Go on an organised bird or bat watching event.
  6. Create a tutorial for a nature based activity or craft and share it with friends or online.
  7. Join in with #wildflowerhour on Twitter 8-9pm on Sundays (and #rainbowblooms 11am-6pm) to connect with other flower lovers.
  8. Go to a garden open day and get to know people with lovely gardens.
  9. Take a child on a nature walk (babysit if you don’t have a child. Take an adult on a nature walk if you are a child.) You will both learn a lot from each other.
  10. Take nature photos and collect natural finds, such as feathers or (common) flowers, then visit a friend who struggles to get outdoors so they can get a glimpse of the outside.
  11. Send a nature-themed card to a friend (for example, made from flowers you’ve pressed). Better yet, include (native) wildflower seeds too.
  12. Join a wild swimming group.
  13. Invite friends over for an alfresco meal.
  14. Join a community garden.
  15. Join a Towpath Taskforce and go litter picking along the canal.
  16. Throw a nature-themed party.
  17. Go to a country show and connect with local food suppliers.
  18. Take a picnic to work and invite your favourite colleagues to join you in the park or nearby nature spot.
  19. Visit a nature reserve with family.
  20. Make nature- themed cocktails for friends, using elderflower cordial, vodka, gin or champagne as a base with other edible flowers and pressed juices from the fruit in your garden (or bought from a local supplier).
  21. Go for a canal walk and wave at people on canal boats. They usually wave back, in my experience.
  22. Set up a nature blog to share your ideas and experiences with people online.
  23. If you have a garden, share your spare produce with neighbours, or donate it to a food scheme that can use it.
  24. Go to a nature festival.
  25. Set up a nature webcam and share your view of a nest, waterway or garden patch.
  26. Get involved with your nearest Transition Town
  27. Make a nature video – or maybe even create your own YouTube channel – and share your connection with nature with the world.
  28. Go on a foraging course.
  29. Find a social media ‘penpal’ in a different country and swap photos and nature experiences to see what your natural world has in common with theirs.
  30. Volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust.

 

5 thoughts on “30 Ways to Connect With 30 Days Wild

    • It’s a hashtag hour on Twitter run by @BSBIBotany. It’s only on Twitter as far as I know (though they do have a Facebook page too). but they also run events and have links to useful resources on their site – see http://bsbi.org/. I find the hashtag hour a great way to learn more about botany (very much at the ‘learning to name different flowers stage at the moment’ rather than anything more advanced, but the people who take part in the hashtag hour are very kind to beginners (and it’s a great feeling on achievement when I recognise a flower – never realised how many different flowers there are, even in an urban environment). Thanks for connecting 🙂

  1. So many fantastic ideas here, thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely be popping back by again to remind myself of them for inspiration!

  2. These are all brilliant ideas, thank you for the inspiration! And thanks for linking up too, feel free to pop back and link up some more 🙂

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