365 Ways to Go 365 Days Wild

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Now that 30 Days Wild is over, some people are returning to their normal lives. However, others have become as hooked on nature as I am, and have decided they don’t want to stop.

I felt that way last year, and spent a lot more time connecting with nature from June 2016 onwards as a result. It brought me joys including foraging, growing Tim the Tomato, crafting a Garden of Love at Latitude Festival and one of my favourite ever memories – alpaca walking (well worth the £35 per alpaca, even if you don’t get to take it home – which you will want to do).


This year, I wrote a book ahead of 30 Days Wild, to help people who were trying it for the first time, while providing fresh ideas for people who’ve taken part before. As June is only one month, and I wanted people to connect with nature year-round, I deliberately designed it to include activities that work in any weather, at any time of year and, largely, free of charge.

It covers engaging with nature at home and at work; alone and with other people; and also contains research on the benefits of nature, a sprinkle of folklore and money saving tips – and is currently only 99p.

However, if you are champing at the bit to ‘go wild’, here are 365 ideas for connecting with nature. Think that’s too much of a challenge? I managed the first 300 in 30 days – see my 30 Days Wild posts for more detail on each task ( I did ten tasks per day, and daily blog posts so if you like the look of number 55 on the list, it will be detailed in my day five post. If you prefer the look of 276, , look at day 27 for more detail.)

I’d love to know if you’re planning to #StayWild (the hashtag people are using on Twitter to keep 30 Days Wild spirit alive, alongside #365DaysWild). And if you manage to tick off everything on the list, please do let me know. Good luck!

  1. Spread the word about the Wildlife Trusts.
  2. Start a weather/pain diary.
  3. Look at the clouds.
  4. Photograph wildflowers.
  5. Look for urban nature.
  6. ID a butterfly.
  7. Find a fledgling.
  8. Feed a swan.
  9. Collect feathers.
  10. Stake out a foraging site.
  11. ID birdsong.
  12. Tweet using the #30DaysWild hashtag.
  13. Plant a virtual seed.
  14. See new life growing.
  15. Feed the ducks.
  16. Protect an animal from a predator.
  17. Reflect on nature.
  18. Look closely at your lawn.
  19. Make someone a nature hamper from recycled materials.
  20. Share nature photos using #30DaysWild on Instagram (and help the hashtag trend).
  21. Show your houseplants some love.
  22. Tell friends about #30DaysWild.
  23. Talk to a junior naturalist and encourage their creativity.
  24. Photograph a favourite cuddly toy in nature.
  25. Add a nature event to your diary.
  26. Look closely at a friend’s garden.
  27. Take photos for #Rainbowblooms.
  28. Find a plant that looks like a bug.
  29. Watch a bee.
  30. Read a nature-based research paper.
  31. Get overawed by nature
  32. Watch the dawn.
  33. Walk barefoot in dewy grass.
  34. Try a nature meditation.
  35. Raid and repurpose the recycling.
  36. Go on a wild date.
  37. Go litter picking.
  38. Protect the soil.
  39. Make nature art.
  40. Watch the sunset
  41. Turn your desk wild.
  42. Water your plants.
  43. Celebrate World Environment Day.
  44. Take part in the plastic challenge.
  45. Watch nature videos.
  46. Tell people who run your favourite hashtag hour on Twitter about 30 Days Wild.
  47. Tell a colleague about 30 Days Wild.
  48. Take a closer look at foxgloves.
  49. Share nature-themed recycled crafting ideas.
  50. Have a natural aromatherapy bath.
  51. Dress for the weather.
  52. Connect with a local nature lover.
  53. Look at a puddle closely.
  54. Rescue a plant.
  55. Make a mini nature garden in a recycled container.
  56. Photograph wet leaves.
  57. Welcome new wildlife to the area.
  58. Make a bottle garden.
  59. Make a wild bouquet.
  60. Collect flower petals for your nature crafting box.
  61. Tend a garden.
  62. Feel the wind in your hair.
  63. Collect leaves for crafting.
  64. Grow a tomato.
  65. Create a 30 second wildlife habitat.
  66. Admire an insect.
  67. Photograph something blue.
  68. Make a nature video.
  69. Go on a flower pot hunt.
  70. Wear nature-inspired fashion.
  71. Vote for nature.
  72. Plan a windowbox walk.
  73. Celebrate World Oceans Day.
  74. Go wild in a graveyard.
  75. Love lichen.
  76. Be amazed by moss.
  77. Find fungi.
  78. Stock up on wild supplies.
  79. Bag a bargain to bring back to life.
  80. Find something new in nature.
  81. Grow your own food.
  82. Reflect on nature and what it means to you.
  83. Look closely at cuckoo spit.
  84. Plant something pollinator friendly.
  85. Plant a herb garden and share cuttings.
  86. Look for bugs.
  87. Let your garden go wild.
  88. Read the weather.
  89. Brighten a corner of your home with plants.
  90. Use an eco friendly search engine.
  91. Repurpose plastic packaging.
  92. Use biodegradable glitter.
  93. Collect flower petals.
  94. Find the perfect feather to make a quill.
  95. Add fairyland magic to your home with a fairy doll made from recycled materials.
  96. Use feathers as home decor.
  97. Wear nature-inspired jewellery.
  98. Watch the moon.
  99. Go for a dawn walk.
  100. Invite people to a wild cocktail party.
  101. (Try to) put up a bird box.
  102. Make a bug habitat.
  103. Take a bug’s eye view.
  104. Follow an ant.
  105. Take a macro shot of the earth.
  106. Plant strawberries.
  107. Plant a bird seed garden.
  108. Collect rainwater for the garden.
  109. Think about light pollution (and turn off garden lights when not in use).
  110. Create a kitchen herb garden.
  111. Put out a bird feeder.
  112. Photograph flowers in the dark.
  113. Go for a canal walk at dusk.
  114. Forage for your supper.
  115. Make flower tea.
  116. Make a floral face wash.
  117. Press flowers.
  118. Craft a story with wild finds.
  119. Read William Morris’s nature writing.
  120. Fill your pockets with pine cones.
  121. See fledglings fly the nest.
  122. Look through the leaves.
  123. Find a ladybird baby.
  124. See a seed you sowed grow wild.
  125. Pay attention to a warning sign in nature.
  126. Find ferns.
  127. Find a flower fairy.
  128. ID a wildflower.
  129. Find nature art.
  130. Made floral cocktail ingredients.
  131. (Try to) rescue a wildflower.
  132. Make a daisy ring.
  133. Make a bottle garden and get back to your roots.
  134. Follow an ant.
  135. Check for evidence of wildlife, in the absence of any obvious creatures.
  136. Collect a feather to ID.
  137. Find wildlife in the clouds.
  138. Find a plant that looks like an alien.
  139. Find a solution for a waste problem that annoys you.
  140. Research nature-based citizen science.
  141. Look at nature through a window.
  142. Make something that you need instead of going to the shops.
  143. Learn a new nature word.
  144. Share a happy nature memory online.
  145. Make a natural face mask.
  146. Make a herbal remedy (check for any side effects, particularly if you’re on any medications. Medications don’t always mix well with herbal remedies and many people forget to check this. Read up about all the ingredients you’re using to be on the safe side,)
  147. Share nature-themed style that you love.
  148. Buy a nature-related book (I’m donating all June profits from my book, Go Wild: Over 200 Ways to Connect With Nature to the Wildlife Trusts.)
  149. Trade links with another nature blogger.
  150. Listen to the dawn chorus.
  151. Make an indoor night garden.
  152. Made dinner for a hedgehog.
  153. Use solar powered lights to reduce the amount of electricity you use.
  154. Give nature a libation (pour a bit of drink on the ground and thank nature for all it provides).
  155. Go on a mini-beast hunt at night.
  156. Photograph a snail.
  157. Look into the shadows.
  158. Take a different view.
  159. Find the fairies at the bottom of the garden.
  160. Drink elderberry port outdoors.
  161. Get involved with Britain in Bloom.
  162. Find out more about Transition Towns.
  163. Eat food that would otherwise have been wasted.
  164. Admire a blue sky.
  165. Make your business greener.
  166. Watch the sun through the trees and see how it changes as you move (or move your camera.)
  167. Photograph a blackbird.
  168. Have a 30 Days Wild fail – and learn from it.
  169. Make a bug (boutique) hotel.
  170. Craft a natural scene from your #30DaysWild finds.
  171. Forage for edible wildflowers.
  172. Set off down an unknown path.
  173. Hug a sapling. Baby trees need love too.
  174. Find a tree with a face.
  175. Admire a tree stump.
  176. Forage a friend’s garden.
  177. Grow the amount of nature you have indoors.
  178. Make a herbal hair tonic.
  179. Look for bats.
  180. Make a herb vinegar.
  181. Put water out for wildlife on a hot day.
  182. Make rose cordial (and experiment with other edible flowers.)
  183. Make a herbal oil.
  184. Make leaf paper.
  185. Get food from a community allotment.
  186. Have a barbecue.
  187. Watch a stream flow.
  188. Look into a fire.
  189. Create an outdoor air freshener by throwing woody herbs on the fire.
  190. Watch the stars emerge at dusk.
  191. Create your own nature magazine, booklet or scrap book.
  192. Light a candle in the dark.
  193. Go outside wearing your pyjamas.
  194. Celebrate Summer Solstice.
  195. Think about the impact you have on nature.
  196. Collect herbs by moonlight.
  197. Listen to the wind in the trees.
  198. Study a slug.
  199. Burn natural incense.
  200. Make herb salt.
  201. Watch a daisy open up.
  202. Make herb ice cubes.
  203. Get involved with a gardening community.
  204. Share food or drink with other people.
  205. Weed the garden.
  206. Make blackcurrant or redcurrant cordial.
  207. Make borage gin.
  208. ID a ladybird.
  209. Make your own Summer Punch (vodka, fruit, edible flowers and herbs)/
  210. Start a herb garden.
  211. Cook using a wild ingredient you’ve never tried before.
  212. Share your wild recipes.
  213. Re-use a Lucozade bottle..
  214. Press elderflower stalks left over from cordial making to make tiny trees.
  215. Love lemon balm.
  216. Read the science behind a herbal remedy and see if it stacks up for you (tips on research can be found here. If you’re after something more in-depth, read The Research Companion by the brilliant Petra Boynton).
  217. Opt for eco cleaning.
  218. Make a dinosaur garden.
  219. Go meat free.
  220. Watch a nature TV show.
  221. Look at nature photos when you’re stressed.
  222. Relieve the pressure.
  223. Learn about yeast.
  224. Make a recycled funnel from an old plastic bottle.
  225. Dissuade unwanted wildlife from your home.
  226. Befriend a bug.
  227. Get surprised by wildlife.
  228. Burn herbal incense.
  229. Sniff Mycobacterium vaccae.
  230. Track your growth.
  231. Listen to nature-inspired music.
  232. Share your favourite nature bloggers with other people.
  233. Watch the slipstream.
  234. Be inspired by someone’s recycling idea.
  235. Notice the light through the trees.
  236. Look at the way the wind affects things around you.
  237. Talk to your local restaurant about recycling flowers (and other waste).
  238. Have a drink in a pub garden.
  239. Compare man-made magic with natural magic.
  240. Notice the shadows at night.
  241. Have an explosive nature experience.
  242. Clean up the mess you’ve made.
  243. Upcycle a found item, rather than buying something new.
  244. Chop an onion the ‘minimum waste’ way.
  245. Save onion skins to make dye.
  246. Start a compost bin.
  247. Make Fridgetata.
  248. Take a new approach to a familiar experience.
  249. Collect egg shells for egg shell mosaics.
  250. Learn about a local farm shop.
  251. Photograph pink clouds.
  252. Check on your bug habitat, and top up the water.
  253. Plant a tree.
  254. Investigate bonsai.
  255. Let your garden run wild.
  256. Deadhead flowers.
  257. Make a Rumtompf (or ‘Joyful Jamjar).
  258. Make an ‘elderflower trees’ collage.
  259. Make her bread.
  260. Eat a meal you’ve grown.
  261. Watch wildlife through a window.
  262. Watch a duck groom itself (if you can, watch a swan too. They’re amusingly inelegant when grooming, compared to their usual sophisticated selves).
  263. Look into the light.
  264. Make a ‘rainy day; nature crafting kit.
  265. Drink a cup of tea outdoors.
  266. Organise a nature-themed event.
  267. Make a nature-themed fancy dress costume.
  268. Take stock of nature’s bounty.
  269. Make a foraged rainbow cocktail collection.
  270. Save seeds.
  271. Connect with other people taking part in #30DaysWild near you.
  272. Add a nature film to your ‘must watch’ list.
  273. Be a lark not an owl – or vice versa.
  274. Make friends with a snail.
  275. Grow an orange flower.
  276. Develop an idea you have for helping nature.
  277. Try nature-inspired paper-crafts.
  278. Take a second look at nature.
  279. Plant a rainbow garden.
  280. Prepare yourself for future nature adventures.
  281. Consider the benefits you’ve found in connecting with nature.
  282. Look at a nature magazine.
  283. Tell a health professional about 30 Days Wild, and encourage them to get involved next year.
  284. Turn a found plastic cup or coffee cup into a garden.
  285. Find a resilient plant.
  286. Get motivation from nature.
  287. Follow nature’s story: watch the same wildlife or patch of land over a period of time – and take photos to see how they change.
  288. Consider more creative recycling.
  289. Stretch for nature.
  290. Make eggshell art.
  291. Tell someone about 30 Days Wild research.
  292. Visit a local waterway.
  293. Feed goslings (and geese).
  294. See a mammoth.
  295. Visit a Wildlife Trusts nature reserve – and donate to support it if you can. If you don’t have any spare money, think of other ways you can support them, whether through  volunteering  arranging corporate sponsorship of
  296. Pay attention to pebbles.
  297. Find monochrome nature.
  298. Accept no butts!
  299. Take a closer look at stamen.
  300. Fall in love with nature – and go #365DaysWild.
  301. Spot a badger.
  302. Walk an alpaca.
  303. Protect urban trees.
  304. Make nature-themed stained glass.
  305. Make nature-themed jewellery.
  306. Knit a DNA scarf (an ambitious project rather than one for new knitters.)
  307. Do leaf-rubbing.
  308. Make moss graffiti and spread a nature love message (somewhere you’re allowed to, please)
  309. Make musical instruments with the help of nature.
  310. Cuddle a cat.
  311. Look into eco-friendly funeral ideas. I like the idea of being buried in a tree-urn. (You can also get turned into a firework but I prefer the ‘slow and steady’ approach to anything too showy.)
  312. Go for a jog round the park.
  313. Help save marshlands.
  314. Swim in the sea (making sure you choose somewhere suitable for your swimming ability, and check there are no hidden currents.)
  315. Go forest bathing.
  316. Learn how to make a fire without using matches or a lighter.
  317. Build an outdoor shelter or den.
  318. Walk under a waterfall.
  319. Dress up like a mermaid (or other sea-dwelling creature) for March of the Mermaids.
  320. Learn the major constellations.
  321. Look into animal spirits, and check the meaning of your most recent animal encounter. How accurate is it? Even if you’re a sceptic, understanding the meaning of different animal spirits can help you see a situation in a different light.
  322. Make fruit crumble from fruit you’ve foraged.
  323. Read or subscribe to a nature magazine.
  324. Go to a festival that celebrates nature (I’ll be in the Faraway Forest at Latitude teaching nature crafting and a lot more…)
  325. Have a gin and tonic in the sunshine (replace with elderflower or foraged fruit cordial if you don’t drink.
  326. Work out which flower you’d be, and why, by researching the traits of your favourite flowers.
  327. Visit a farm (better yet, visit one with a farm shop). I recommend Kingston Farm Shop, which opened recently, and also sells delicious pizza.
  328. Adopt an otter (or whichever other species most appeals.)
  329. Check out the Wainright Prize shortlist and order any books that sound appealing – there are some great authors on the list.
  330. Buy a reusable water bottle and stop buying bottled water.
  331. Learn a new nature word, and use it in conversation.
  332. Take part in #WildflowerHour on Twitter (Sunday 8-9pm)
  333. Make an Amaretti biscuit wrapper fly, as an eco-friendly alternative to sky lanterns (which can set fire to hay, or worse, cause harm to animals due to the metal in them)
  334. Celebrate National Marine Week 22 July and share your adventures using the hashtag #TheSeaandMe.
  335. Find a red squirrel.
  336. Make a nature-themed model out of clay soil.
  337. Have a meat-free day each week. If you’re already meat-free, have a ‘locally or home grown only’ day.
  338. Walks a dog.
  339. Order free trees for a local community or school.
  340. Make a terrarium (you can use recycled packaging for this, such as an office water bottle.)
  341. Join the Towpath Taskforce.
  342. Nominate your Tree of the Year.
  343. Walk along a stream and see how far you can follow it for.
  344. Learn how to identify common trees.
  345. Climb a mountain (or a hill, if that’s too much for you. Or walk/wheel along the canal banks if you need somewhere flat to be mobile.)
  346. Visit a nature reserve.
  347. Kiss at a kissing gate (kiss your own hand if you’re too young or don’t have anyone to kiss.)
  348. Howl at the moon.
  349. Find an ancient tree.
  350. Make a flower out of pipe cleaners.
  351. Go on a family nature walk.
  352. Rescue an injured wild animal.
  353. Make leaf animals.
  354. Make mud pies using sandcastle buckets with turrets, to create a bug castle – or sow it with wildflower seeds to create a butterfly castle instead.
  355. Write to your MP about a nature issue that concerns you.
  356. Share any excess food you have with people who need it (it takes huge amounts of energy to produce the food we eat, and cutting back on waste helps nature in many ways.)
  357. Go to a Woodland Trust event.
  358. Collect snail shells and paint them with clear nail varnish to emphasise their markings. What difference can you see?
  359. Make your garden bee-friendly with the help of the wild bee action pack from the Wildlife Trusts.
  360. Share your favourite nature related folklore on #FolkloreThursday (and follow @FolkloreThurs)
  361. Record your wildlife sightings in Nature’s Calendar.
  362. Sign the Tree Charter and share your tree stories.
  363. Reduce, re-use, recycle.
  364. Help a child connect with nature (or help an adult connect with nature, if you’re a child.
  365. Buy Go Wild: Over 200 Ways to Connect With Nature.



  1. Be prepared for it to be love at first sight. They are such lovely natured animals. I was a little unsure about the expense when I first saw it, but it’s definitely worth it – such a joyful memory (and disability-friendly too 🙂

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