The challenge during #30dayswild is to have wild time every day. On working days that can be a bit more of a challenge- it’s easy to rush to work, then back home again, and before you know it, it’s time for bed. I’ve already blogged about my ideas for a really wild commute, now here are my ideas for how to make the most of your lunchbreak with some small random acts of wildness that you can fit into the middle of your working day.
Whether you have ten minutes or a whole hour, you can add some wild to your lunchbreak, here are some ideas:
- Get outside- even if it’s only for a few minutes, go outside, walk around your building, look up at the sky, listen to what’s happening around you, see what you can see. Even in a busy built up area there will be something to see. I work in a depot, large vehicles moving through, but overhead there are red kites circling, birds flying past and plenty to see, even if it’s just the weeds (wildflowers!) growing anywhere they can get a toe hold.
- Go for a walk- a short walk is a chance to clear your head, and come back to work refreshed and more able to concentrate for the afternoon ahead. It can also be a great opportunity to see what wildlife there is close to where you work. Close to my work there are bird feeders in a front garden, where I have watched tits feeding. I’ve seen squadrons of ring necked parakeets zoom over my head and watched the seasons change in front gardens.
- Find a local greenspace- look at where you work on a map, online or on paper, and you may find a greenspace or park close to where you work that you didn’t even know existed. Close to my work there are a couple of micro greenspaces, a copse and a woodland strip between cul de sacs, that I visit from time to time. Within these tiny pockets of green there are wildflowers, trees, birds and fungi to admire.
- Head to the local park- within a mile of my office is a park by the River Thames. It’s my place of calm on a bad day, either at lunchtime or for a short time after work. Watching the water flow by, gentle eddies in the current, reflections on the water, ducks, geese, dragonflies flitting by, and, on days when I’m really lucky, the iridescent blue flash of a kingfisher streaking along the river, sometimes even perching on a branch opposite me. What wildlife may be lurking in your local park?
- Visit the library to pick up a wild book- this could be the bricks and mortar library if you have one near where you work, or it could be online- lots of libraries let you borrow e books as part of your membership!
- Read a wild book or magazine– escape the everyday by delving into a wild world or learning about a new species or what’s going on with wildlife local to you in a magazine. I’ve shared some of my favourite wild books in my ideas for how to go wild at home, I also love to read BBC Wildlife Magazine as well as the magazines that come from my local Wildlife Trusts, BBOWT and Surrey WT (I’m a member of both, being close to the border) and the magazines from the RSPB and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust.
- Eat out- take a picnic outside and listen to birdsong while you eat your lunch.
- Share the wild with a colleague– Take a colleague out for lunch outside and share your wild challenge with them.
- Spend a minute counting bees- find a patch of flowers buzzing with bees and count them for the Great British Bee Count, running until the 30th June, this is a chance to be a citizen scientist in your lunchbreak.
- Take a wild picture- take a picture of your wild lunchbreak and share it on social media to inspire others to have a wild lunchbreak too.
Do you have ideas for a wild lunchbreak? How do you fit wild time into your working day?