Matt Baker goes wild for nature challenge

Matt Baker goes wild for nature challenge

Join thousands of people in the 30 Days Wild challenge this June

TV celebrity Matt Baker is urging Surrey residents to take part in the UK’s biggest nature challenge, 30 Days Wild. Inspired by the Trust’s work when filming Countryfile in Surrey last month, he is encouraging people to do something wild outside every day in June and get closer to nature.

The ever popular 30 Days Wild challenge is proven to make people healthier, happier and more likely to do something to help wildlife in their back gardens. Tens of thousands of Surrey residents took part last year and this year the Trust wants even more people to have fun and enjoy nature on their doorstep

What you decide to do is totally up to you, so you can fit it into the busiest day or the half term break.  You could lie down in the grass for some simple cloud spotting, spend family time by the river, admire the beautiful dragonflies, create a bucket pond at home or simply listen to birdsong on your way to school or work.

If you’re in need of inspiration, the Trust has plenty of ideas on the website, or you can generate daily ideas using their handy App.  Residents are also welcome to join Trust staff for some wild activities on Guildford High Street on 1st and 2nd June, including a large pop-up wildlife garden, face painting and wild beasties! There’s also free entry to the Wild Surrey Art and Photography Exhibition at Guildford House Gallery running from 25 May -16 June.

Some schools and local businesses are already planning their 30 Days Wild this year by organising wildlife gardening events, quizzes, nature walks, wild bake sales or picnics at lunchtime to encourage pupils and staff to get outside during the warmer weather.

Charlotte Magowan, Marketing and Communications Manager for Surrey Wildlife Trust, said: “30 Days Wild is the perfect excuse to just get out there every day and enjoy nature where we live.  Surrey’s countryside is incredible and it’s just too easy to get stuck in the hamster wheel of life and miss the beauty of the natural world.  Whether you decide to watch the sun go down, listen to a dawn chorus, take a meeting outside, feed the birds or take a video of a minibeast, we want everyone to get closer to nature.   It is only by experiencing nature that we recognise its value and realise how important it is to protect it.”

To sign up for 30 Days Wild visit wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild where you will find all sorts of tips and inspiration.  Don’t forget to share all the things you do on social media using #30DaysWild! Matt Baker’s video on 30 Days Wild is here: www.surreywildlifetrust.org/30dayswild