30 Days Wild - Week 2 Ideas

Sheffield University volunteer dayCredit N Clamp & J Hackett

What shall we do today? Ideas for week 2...

Day 8
Monday

Follow a bumblebee
Follow a bumblebee on its bustling, bumbling journey. Stay sharp -you'll need your eyes and ears to keep up!

Design a home
Design a home for wildlife by recycling bits and bobs from your garden - nature needs lots of textures and hidey holes, so get your creative hat on. From bug hotels to hedgehog hideouts, consider different homes for a range of creatures.

Levitate a leaf
Gently attach a strand of hair to a leaf, and wrap the other end around your middle finger. ‘Pick’ the leaf off the tree, then ‘magically’ levitate the leaf between your hands. Finish the trick by placing your hands together, subtly removing the thread from the leaf – and leave your audience amazed!

Day 9
Tuesday

Make lunch-hour a wild-hour
It can be hard to find your inner wild in the middle of the working day, so make lunch-hour your time with nature. Escape to your nearest green spot and then get back to your desk ready for the afternoon ahead.

Share a close encounter
Share a close encounter with a favourite species: your Wildlife Trust will have lots of events where you can see loads of different wild animals, like badgers, birds of prey, otters or seabirds.

Hide somewhere wild
Immerse yourself in nature by playing hide and seek in a woodland or park - we're not talking to kids here! The thrill of submerging yourself in wild places will take you back to being a child.

Day 10
Wednesday

Purify your workplace
Purify your workplace by placing a toxin-busting Peace Lily, aka Spathiphyllum, on your office desk. Not only will it cleanse the air, it'll be a healthy and beautiful addition to your workspace.

Look up to the skies
Give your neck a rest from staring down at a phone or computer, and look up to the sky: search for shapes in the clouds or spot birds circling above towns and cities.

Make a wild ringtone
Record birdsong and set it as your ring tone: next time your phone goes off, it'll take you back to the wild in an instant! Other wild sounds will do just as well – crickets, bumblebees or the waves on a beach.

Day 11
Thursday

Start a wild adventure
Let your imagination go crazy and start your own wild adventure. What have you always wanted to see in the wild in the UK? Investigate where, when and how - make it happen this June!

Get close to wildlife
Bird hides are there to allow you to get close to wildlife, especially shy birds. Visit a local nature reserve and be surprised what you can see from a hide.

Enjoy your garden
Have a glass of wine or cup of tea in the garden in the evening. Be still and wait for nature to arrive.

Day 12
Friday

Read a wildlife blog
Spend a few minutes reading a nature-blog on the internet: you might find inspiration to start your own.

Pick up a wildlife magazine
Pick up a wildlife magazine from your local newsagents: they're way better than any celeb magazine, and full of 'real life' stories!

Organise a mini litter-pick
Improve your 'hood and organise a mini litter-pick with colleagues near your office: it'll get you active for a few mins and it's a great team building exercise.

Day 13
Saturday

Make your own nature trail
Start a nature trail for friends or family - use twigs, pine cones and so on to direct them on their own journeys of discovery, and you could even hide a secret treat at the end.

Plant a mini meadow
Plant a mini meadow and a nectar-rich butterfly or bee border. You'll get to enjoy colourful plants as well as damsels, dragons and peacocks!

Green your walls
Green your walls with some vertical wildlife gardening. Plant climbers and create nesting space, nectar for insects, berries for birds. There's an added benefit: you'll insulate your house and help cool urban streets.

Volunteer in the wild
Rather than going to the gym, workout by volunteering for a couple of hours on a nature reserve: it's social and fun and you'll burn those calories, too.

Day 14
Sunday

Build a den
Build a den or tipi in a wood or your back yard. Use branches with bracken or just a rope and sheet will do. It can be your bird hide and retreat.

Try your hand at wildlife photography
Develop your skills as a wildlife photographer to capture magical wild moments: check local newspapers for wildlife photography competitions near you!

Survey wildlife
Be a scientist and take part in a citizen science project: you can record all your sightings and contribute to national data banks. People are needed! Record birds, count butterflies, spot otters, watch for water voles and more!

Write a wild letter
Letter sections of newspapers are always popular - write about your favourite local wild place and send it in. You might be published!