The Wildlife Trusts have launched 30 Days Wild to encourage all of us to make room for nature in our lives this month.
It is fair to say that I spend a lot of time outdoors already, but I will admit of being guilty of spending too much time inside during the week. I work in an office and too often I take the straight route home instead of meandering through my local park and regaining the main road via a river path. So this June, I will try to integrate nature and the outdoors more in my life.
I can’t promise to do something everyday but I will try. The Wildlife Trusts have after all made things easy by publishing this handy list of ideas from which to take inspiration.
Here is what I’m planning to do:
- Walk barefoot in the wild more often.
- Admire the setting sun over my corner of London more often.
- Take the long way home often.
- Photograph wildlife more.
- Remember to pay attention to urban wildness.
- Look up to the sky more often.
- Nap in the grass.
- Give my full attention to the birds in the tree outside of my windows for more than a minute.
- Have lunch in my local park.
- Walk at night in the Seven Sisters Country Park.
- In Northern Ireland: wild camp, take a long coastal walk, balance rocks on the beach, swim in the sea.
- Wear a flower in my hair.
- Record the sounds of Richmond Park for a day.
- Visit Kew Gardens.
- Start planning and digging a pond for my garden.
- Watch wildlife documentaries again and focus on the nature book on my to-read pile.
- Dance in a downpour.
- Write blog posts in my garden not on my sofa.
- Dangle my feet in rivers and canals.
- Meditate in a wild place.
- Inhale a scent.
- Cuddle trees.
- Blog about wildlife.
I am expecting to smile and relax more this month, but most of all I hope to remind myself that although I live in a busy city, the wild is never far away. This is a lesson I sadly always forget as I get carried away by the flow of city life. I need to slow down again and pay attention to what’s around me.