Random acts of wildness you can do to help nature

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It’s halfway through the #30dayswild challenge. This year I’m focusing on spending time outside, enjoying the natural world and immersing myself in nature, in my own garden and beyond in what I’m sharing on social media and in my blog, but there are lots of everyday actions that we can all do to help nature, so I thought I’d share 30 ideas for random acts of wildness that help nature.30 Random Acts of Wildness you can do to help nature

  1. Feed the birds– put a range of food out for different species and not only will you be helping them to survive a harsh winter or bring up their brood, you will hopefully have a range of charismatic little visitors to your garden._DSC0759
  2. Add a bird bath to the garden– birds need to wash too, and a robin or a blackbird at their daily ablutions is a truly charming site.
  3. Leave water out for thirsty wildlife– a small shallow bowl left out could be used by hedgehogs, voles and other garden wildlife.
  4. Add a bee waterer to your garden– bees and other insects get thirsty too and will appreciate a shallow bowl full of water with rock to perch on to stop them drowning.img_1758
  5. Leave the lawn (or part of it) to grow long- this will allow wildflowers to grow, providing food for pollinators, give a place for inveterbrates, amphibians and reptiles to hide, and provide valuable space for nature. let lawn grow long
  6. Plant a pot for a pollinator- check out Butterfly Conservation’s Pots for Pollinators information to find out more. pots for pollinators
  7. Put up a bird box– there are a whole range of boxes out there providing for the different needs of tits, swifts, robins and even owls.
  8. Build a bug hotel– add a bug hotel to your garden to give invertebrates somewhere to live. IMG_6238
  9. Join your local Wildlife Trust– they do great work looking after local wildlife reserves and will run lots of great events in your local area where you can find out about wildlife and what you can do to help.
  10. Volunteer for the wild– your local Wildlife Trust will have a whole range of volunteering roles from practical conservation work to administrative tasks and even things live stock checking to keep an eye on their grazing animals.
  11. Pick up litter– litter can be very damaging to wildlife, so picking up litter is a simple and easy way to look after nature.
  12. Make a hole in your fence for a hedgehog– hedgehogs need to roam long distances each night looking for food, so adding a CD case sized hole (about 15cm x 15cm) will let them into your garden and allow them more room to forage.
  13. Reduce– think about what you buy to reduce the amount you throw away. Buy things with less packaging, plan meals so you don’t throw food away, think about consuming less.
  14. Reuse– use a refillable water bottle, a keep cup for take out coffee, fabric shopping bags. I found out this week you can even buy reusable straws, reducing the menace of plastic straws to our wildlife.
  15. Recycle– if you can reduce it or reuse it, try to make sure you can recycle it. Check your local council website to make sure you know what you can recycle, and also what you can’t, so that you can avoid buying packaging you can’t recycle.
  16. Avoid single use plastic and recycle as much of it as you can
  17. Write to your new MP to let them know why nature matters to you– MPs are just gearing up for a five year term in parliament. Let them know that nature matters to you and put it in the forefront of their minds. Especially as we leave the EU, its important that MPs know that nature matters, and that the protections that wildlife is currently given under EU law remain in place once we Brexit.
  18. Be a citizen scientist– join in the Great British Bee Count, the British Wildflower Hunt that are happening right now, later in the year join the Big Butterfly Count, report your nature sightings on i-spot, join the BTO’s Bird Survey, take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, all of these studies help to build a picture of what’s happening to our wildlife and the data will help to monitor changes to populations, feeding into action plans and legislation to protect wildlife.
  19. Plant native wildflowers-it’s beautiful and will help pollinators.
  20. Encourage your council to turn road verges into wildflower meadows with a low mow policy- check out Plantlife’s road verge campaign for information about the value road verges have for wildflowers and then write to your local councillors to ask them to change their mowing regime.
  21. Talk to friends and family about your passion for the wild and encourage them to be a friend to nature.
  22. Install a water butt– free water for your garden from the rain, or from your bath or washing up water, less cost for you and less demand on water sources, especially if we have a hot, dry summer.
  23. Compost at home– compost heaps are a great wildlife habitat and composting at home is a green way to get rid of your garden and food waste. I’ve been trying out bokashi composting to get rid of my food waste, as there isn’t a collection in my area, and it’s going really well.
  24. Garden organic– avoid the use of pesticides, herbicides, slug pellets and other chemical nasties in the garden
  25. Add a garden pond-even a small washing up bowl pond will add valuable wildlife habitat to your garden.
  26. Leave the weeds– cherish them as wildflowers, lots will be great for pollinators and can add colour and beauty to the garden without you having to do a thing, the ultimate lazy random act of wildness.
  27. Plant night scented plants– these will help nocturnal pollinators, like moths, and may also attract bats to your garden, in search of a meal.
  28. Inspire a child– inspiring someone when they’re young could result in a whole lifetime of being a friend to nature, take a child somewhere amazing, show them minibeasts living in their own garden, let them see how fantastic the natural world is and inspire them to look after it for a lifetime.
  29. Do something wild at work– inspire your colleagues or add a wild feature at work.
  30. Drive less– walk, cycle or use public transport when you can to reduce your carbon footprint.

What will you do help nature this 30dayswild and beyond?

30 Random Acts of Wildness to Help Nature

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