Random Acts of Wildness
The 30 Days Wild challenges you to do something wild every day for the month of June.
Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness.
What is a Random Act of Wildness?
A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours!
★ Random Acts of Wildness: 101 ideas
★ Wildlife Watch: Activity Sheets
Thursday, 22 June 2017 – Leave a wild corner
Invite a little mess into your garden and welcome wildlife to a wild corner!
Leave a pile of leaves (pun intended!) in a corner or pop up a bird feeder. You could even make your own!
Tidyness is the enemy of nature so let things be as much as possible; the decaying plant materials, leaf litter and rotting wood, provide food sources and rich habitats for thousands of different kinds of organisms. Only cut down dead trees if they are dangerous. Make your own leafmould to use as your own perfect soil conditioner.
Friday, 23 June 2017 – Take a break in nature
A hard days work, or a relaxing day with your feet up, take a break in nature.
Stop and look around at nature busying on with its day, the bees buzzing, insects flying, birds singing, flowers following the sun.
Brew an iced coffee, iced tea or keep it simple with an ice cold glass of water to cool out off. If you feel like challenging science, even on a hot day, stick the kettle on and brew a cuppa! The theory goes that hot drinks warm the body’s core, meaning the body doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain core temperature, meaning you cool down. So a hot drink does cool you down.
Saturday, 24 June 2017 – Search for mini wildness
Lichens, forests of moss, and flowers in pavements
Sunday, 25 June 2017 – Build A Wildlife City
Some of the most wildlife rich areas can actually be urban gardens! Why not start a weekend project that helps wildlife and brings nature to you.
Turn your gardens into hedgehog highways, create insect hotels, build bat boxes for our flying friends!
❝Insect hotels all have one thing in common – they provide smooth, cylindrical spaces, 4 – 9mm in diameter and at least 15mm deep, perfect 045 (1024×768)for the native stingless bees and wasps who are solitary by nature, and who use these spaces to hatch their young. Because our parks, gardens, cities, public and private spaces are kept neat, clean and safe, there are very few dead branches left lying around to provide the crevices for bee nurseries. In building a bee hotel you can use material from nature like bamboo sticks or holes drilled into wood, or cylindrical products of manufacturing like old bits of hose or straws. Some materials I have used include seed pods, coir matting, clumps of match stick blind cut offs, wool, miniature vases, anything really, you are limited only by your imagination.❞
— Supporting Biodiversity? or just Garden Art? [Sustainable Gardening Australia]
Monday, 26 June 2017 – Picnic with the birds
Prepare the birds a picnic while you a prepare your own. Seeds, fruits, nuts and cheese are best for the birds (and you, if you’re feeling healthy) and see which food they prefer. Steer away from giving them bread though, it doesn’t have the nutrients they need to be healthy. Don’t forget the drinking water even in winter.
If you’re feeling active, have a go at not only making their food, but also a feeding table!
Set them up a bird bath too. Even in winter the birds like to keep clean.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 – Read a wild book
Make the most of long, sunny evenings and read your favourite book somewhere wild. Up a tree or in a meadow, perhaps! lay back and lose yourself in nature and in your book! Why not pack a glass of wine or a flask of something to keep you warm when evening comes, too?
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 – Share your wild
What does ‘wild’ mean to you? From a windswept moor to a squirrel in the park, share on social media your idea of wild.
Have you got a favourite tree nearby? Maybe it has a ‘face’ in it? Snap a pic and share it, or take a tree rubbing using greaseproof paper and wax crayons.
Have you got a duck-friend down at the park? Share it!
Do you have a ‘wild-spot’ where you like to relax? Share it!
Engagement is the best thing for nature; getting people hands-in and involved in wildlife helps them to appreciate and understand the important part that nature plays in all our lives.
One of my favourite trees on Townsend Bluff, Inverloch, Victoria.
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Friday, 30 June 2016 – Watch a wild webcam
You know what it’s like: it’s raining outside, the sky is grey, you want to see the amazing scenes nature has to offer. When you’re stuck inside in the middle of a summer thunder storm, watch a wild webcam and experience the sights and sounds of nature – from nesting ospreys to barn owls, red squirrels to bats.
The webcam was not the planned activity for today, but then I found the link to these awesome cameras from Alaska’s Brooks River in Katmai National Park.
Every year over a hundred Brown Bears descend on a mile long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world.
🎞 Live stream: Katmai National Park & Preserve, AK. Bear Cam