30 Days Wild - Week 3 Ideas

Ecclesall Woods with Gilbert Court GroupCredit Jan Flamank

What shall we do today? Ideas for week 3...

Day 15

Make a moss bath matt
Get creative and make your very own moss bath mat. Using a foam mat and a selection of moss plugs, this living bath mat will absorb moisture and nature to your bathroom.

Discover moths
Create your own moth trap; drape ropes soaked in a solution of (cheap!) wine and sugar over bushes or branches to attract night flyers then shine a torch on them.

Watch the sun rise and listen to the dawn chorus
Get up a few hours earlier to watch the sun rise and listen to the dawn chorus. Witness the world waking up.

Day 16

Buy a new eco-friendly product this week
Buy one new eco-friendly cleaning product this week and use less water - your local river will love it and so will you

Explore a beautiful, blooming meadow
Traditional meadows are at their most glorious in June - filled with orchids and other wonderful wildflowers. Ask your local Trust for your nearest one and visit after work one evening.

Share your favourite tree
Have you got a favourite tree nearby? Maybe it has a 'face' in it? Snap a pic and share it on social media. Or take a tree rubbing using greaseproof paper and wax crayons.

Day 17

Take part in the Wildlife Watch awards
Take part in our Wildlife Watch awards - this one's for children!

Send a local wildlife issue to a journalist
Tweet or send a local wildlife issue to a journalist or news reporter - you may get lucky and get them to cover it.

Climb a wild hill and snap a picture from the top
Climb a wild hill - take or tweet a photo from the top. Or go to the top of a tall building and get a peregrine's-eye view of the world.

Day 18

Tell a story using nature - puddles are dinosaur footprints!
Use nature to tell a story to young friends or family. Look for dinosaurs in the woods - puddles are their footprints, pine cones are their eggs. All trees have a story to tell - why are they crooked, split or gnarly?

Refresh your desk with plant life
Rewild your desk at work by adding some plant life - don't forget to water them, though!

Organise a wild garden party
Organise a wild garden party - use nature themed ingredients for nibbles and drinks, and include a wildlife quiz for them to take part in.

Day 19

Dig a wildlife pond
Attract wildlife to your garden with a pond - no matter how small. Dig a hole with shallow, gently sloping edges then line it, fill with rainwater and plant it with oxygenators and emerging plants. Wait for dragonflies to hover by.

Stay up as late as possible and watch real nightlife
Summer is the best time to stay up as late as possible: even all night! Find the darkest wild place possible (or use a blindfold) and let your ears and nose 'see' what's around.

Make a natural facemask
Pamper yourself with a DIY all-natural face mask. Combining crushed mint leaves and honey, this 'delicious' beauty treatment will leave your skin feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Day 20

Grow a borage for bees
Grow borage for bees and keep some of the flowers to freeze in ice cubes for those Pimms or cordial moments.

Make a forest mobile
Use twigs and leaves or hanging paper birds to make a forest mobile and decorate a tree

Leave a pile of leaves
Invite wildlife into your garden by leaving a pile of leaves in a corner or popping up a bird feeder. You could even make your own!

Scale the heights of a tree
Climb a wild tree (when not take a friend/Mum/Dad too), dangle from a branch or take a book up high with you - do not disturb!

Day 21

Throw wildflower seedbombs
Become a guerilla gardener and throw wildflower seedbombs in hard-to-reach locations.

Wear a flower in your hair
Go boho and wear a flower in your hair (don't pick wildflowers, though!).

Look out for bird ringing
Find a bird ringing demonstration going on near you this weekend for an exclusive chance to see beautiful birds in the hand.

Take a nap in the grass
Take a nap in the long grass and flowers of a meadow or local wild area: with the warm sunshine, blue sky and gentle buzzing of insects, what could be more therapeutic?