30 Days Wild benefits health and wellbeing

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Sign up today for 30 Days Wild. Photo: Katrina Martin/2020VISIONSign up today for 30 Days Wild. Photo: Katrina Martin/2020VISION

This June, the Wildlife Trusts are encouraging everybody, everywhere, to enjoy nature on their doorstep, as well as the ‘great outdoors’, with our annual one-month challenge: 30 Days Wild.

And it’s official - a daily dose of nature, even in bite size chunks, is good for you. The impact of taking part in ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ during 30 Days Wild has been tracked by academics at the University of Derby. Their study found that people who did something ‘wild’ each day for a month, felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature. From walking barefoot in the park to feeding garden birds, all sorts of activities proved positive for people – with added benefits for the natural world too.

Dr Miles Richardson, Director of Psychology, who led the study, said:“The impact of 30 Days Wild adds to the compelling argument for bringing nature into our everyday lives. Two months after taking part in 30 Days Wild, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people who reported their health as excellent. Last year’s results also show people’s happiness continued to improve after 30 Days Wild ended, which illustrates its sustained impact. This is important as it is happiness and connecting with nature that influence improvements in health. Our study also shows that those who benefitted most were younger adults and those who weren’t ‘nature lovers’.” 

David Harpley, Conservation Manager at Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “Last year thousands of people carried out 1.8 million Random Acts of Wildness during 30 Days Wild. That’s 1.8 million precious moments that brought people closer to nature and enhanced their lives. The Wildlife Trusts aim to double that number this year – and we hope that the connections people make with the wild around them will ensure that it is better protected for the future too.”

Apply today for a free 30 Days Wild pack, download the phone app or look online for those inspirational Random Acts of Wildness. 30 Days Wild packs include a packet of UK native wildflower seeds, activity sheets, a calendar to record adventures, stickers, and a poster. Schools will get a large deck of ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ cards for inspiring ideas.

Sign up here and don't forget to share the fun of #30DaysWild on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

If you’re looking for ideas for 'Random Acts of Wildness', come along to a free Family Wildlife Extravaganza for #30DaysWild on Saturday 3 June from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve. There’s no need to book, just turn up and join in the fun!

To find out about our other events taking place throughout June, including whale and dolphin watches and guided walks, check our online What's On