For the month of June the Wildlife Trusts were holding a ’30 Days Wild’ campaign to get people to do at least one wild thing every day to (re-)connect with nature.
We’re generally pretty wild and outdoorsy, but we tried to note our outdoor adventures throughout 30 Days Wild. We didn’t manage to keep a full record (life with two kids is a busy affair!), but we did pretty well and a fair number of the things on our list were repeated.
Of the 30 Days we did the following (in no particular order):
- Dedicated one third of the garden as the ‘Wild Side’
- Found newts and rolled up earthworms in the garden
- We supported Jo doing her first aquathlon in an abandoned quarry
- We made a ‘Gruffalo Den’ in the garden under a large, weeping cotoneaster tree
- We decorated our ‘Gruffalo Den’ in the garden with bunting
- Mowed a path through the long grass in the ‘Wild Side’ of the garden
- Found more newts while re-shaping one of the garden borders
- Made a newt pond from an old basin and sunk it into the border ensuring we placed stones to create a ‘newt ladder’
- Made a herb garden from used water bottles
- Did a kettlebell workout in the garden among the rampant midgies
- Went home from work/nursery via the woods and play park for some pre-bedtime adventure in woodland dens
- Watched in awe at the bird feeders in our garden – our best ever day at our bird feeders: greater spotted woodpecker, siskins, goldfinches, greenfinches, jackdaws, wood pigeons, sparrows, dunnocks, coal tits and great tits.
- I did my first ever 3km swim in Loch Lomond
- Went for a family adventure round Loch Ardinning
- Joined the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and the John Muir Trust (equivalent to giving up one and a bit lattes per week)
- Took photos of otter prints in the mud at Mugdock Country Park
- Took a photo of a wild garden in the centre of Glasgow
- We looked at the fungi growing in our lawn
- Jo and I went canoeing and cliff jumping in Loch Ard
- We looked for beasties in our newt pond
- We had our tea in the garden
- We went open water swimming at Bardowie Loch
- We went for our first ‘date’ since the birth of Rosa – a run up Dumgoyne. True love.
- I put a constant reminder on my wallet
- 30 Days Wild was never just a 30-day affair. Our love of nature and the outdoors is a major part of our lifestyle and we remain committed to raising our children to love, respect and enjoy the great outdoors.
30 Days Wild = A Lifetime Wild