Gone Wild for June
Wild for June was part of the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild.
As part of Cornwall Council’s commitment to Environmental Growth, I got the Council to sign up to 30 Days of random acts of wildness as promoted by the Wildlife Trust. Officers have come up with wonderful suggestions for each day of June.
Below is a list of ideas generated by the Council’s Environment team and some photo’s showing the highlights of my random acts of wildness! I did not always follow the suggestions.
Go for a bug hunt outside your office
Wake up early and listen to the dawn chorus
Make sure birds and wildlife have access to water by creating a mini-watering hole in your garden. Use a shallow container or even an upturned dustbin lid.
Eat your lunch outside. Spot wildlife and listen out for birdsong.
When you get home from work today, build a minibug hotel or log pile in your garden.
Watch the sunset – if you’re lucky you might see some bats
If you are visiting the Royal Cornwall Show, why not visit the Cornwall Council stand and talk to the Environment team about ways you can help Grow Nature and reduce waste. Did you know there is also a special Conservation tent with lots of amazing wildlife experts and displays?
If you’re working in Bodmin today, stop off at Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve on your way back home.
Get outside for a walk today and see how many hedgerow species you can spot.
Log on to the ‘Activities’ section of Cornwall Council’s Grow Nature webpages today for more ideas about how you can help grow nature.
Set up a bird feeding station in your garden. Remember to keep it topped up with food.
If you’re working in Camborne today, head down to Tuckingmill Valley Park to check out the newly planted wet meadow area and woodland shrubs.
Take a look outside today – is there space for you to plant some pollinator friendly plants at home?
If you’re based in NCH today, take a short lunchtime walk to Foxes Reserve.
Take a closer look at common weeds today – see how many insects are found on brambles, dandelions, nettles and ragwort.
It’s Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Big Wild Weekend: why not join one of their brilliant events which are happening all over Cornwall?
Join, or make a donation to, a wildlife or conservation charity.
Refuse single-use plastics today – including cups, coffee cup lids, drink bottles, cutlery and packaging.
Go outside for a small break today – download the guide and watch out for mini-beasts.
Keep an eye out for hedgehogs this evening. Make sure they are able to roam freely outside by putting 13x13cm holes in or under your perimeter walls and fences. Read more.
It is Clean Air Day: Can you ditch the car and walk or get on your bike and cycle to work today? (see separate post on clean air day)
Make your own fat balls and hang them up at home.
Visit your local pond today; feed the ducks and other wildlife with nuts and seeds (but never give them bread).
If you’re part of a local group looking to do something for nature, follow the link and see if you qualify for the Grow Nature Seed Fund.
Find out about the local funding for making space for nature projects
Pick up any litter you find when you’re out and about today
Try wild foraging this lunchtime – look out for docks and nettles which are great additions to soups, salads and broths. Make sure you know what you’re eating!
Keep your eyes out for crows and other black birds today.
Go for a walk under the full moon tonight. Help nocturnal wildlife by reducing external lighting at home.
Drop a couple of seed bombs on your way to work.
I did not do this as too dry for seeds to germinate! Instead a sunset.
Join up and volunteer with a local conservation charity.
I am already a member so instead a photo of a Hogweed Bonking Beetle!
Cornwall Council is supporting the ‘30 Days Wild’ campaign by producing a calendar of daily ideas and events which help staff and members reconnect with nature throughout June. Try as many of the suggested activities as you like – for information about events that friends and family can join go to Cornwall Wildlife Trust (www. cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on).
Go Wild for Cornwall!