Cornish record breakers spend June going wild

Thursday 5th July 2018

Over 1,500 Cornish people are record breakers. They all took part in ‘30 Days Wild’, a national month-long nature challenge organised locally by Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

The 30 Days Wild challenge involved participants pledging to explore nature and do something wild every day during June. Throughout the UK estimated 350,000 people took part making this year a record breaker with a 40 percent increase on last year, both nationally and here in Cornwall.

The challenge inspired people of all ages to create their own special times with nature – known as ‘Random Acts of Wildness’. From pond dipping and bug hunting to wild swims and sleeping under the stars. Some people grew bee cafes or made homemade wildflower seedballs to help pollinators; others created new wildlife ponds - homes for frogs and newts.

Locally, Cornwall Wildlife Trust member and wildlife photographer Jack Hicks from Redruth undertook the challenge to photograph a different wildlife species every day. His stunning images can be seen on the Trust’s Instagram and Twitter pages.

Chris Betty, Communications Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,

“We are thrilled that so many people in Cornwall took up the 30 Days Wild challenge and went a little bit wild in June. Scientific research has proved that connecting with nature is good for us, it makes us healthier and happier.”

The first series of BBC Springwatch Wild Academy, a new programme for schools and young people, featured activities based on The Wildlife Trusts’ Random Acts of Wildness

Lucy McRobert who leads 30 Days Wild nationally for The Wildlife Trusts says,

“We estimate that if every person who signed up through their home, family, school or business carried out 30 Random Acts of Wildness, that would be an over 10 million special moments with nature. If you missed it this year, 30 Days Wild will be back in 2019 with new challenges to help everyone go wild”.