Steve Backshall goes wild with BBOWT!

BBOWT's President and naturalist Steve Backshall - credit Hannah Pollock

Wildlife adventurer and President of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Steve Backshall has backed the UK’s favourite nature challenge – 30 Days Wild.

The TV star is calling on people across the three counties to get involved and enjoy the benefits of daily contact with nature next month. To take part you just have to do one wild thing every day in June - whether that’s going on a wild bike ride, planting flowers or taking a nature photograph.

This year, the challenge kicks off with a nationwide outdoor event on Tuesday 1st June: a Big Wild Breakfast. People can download a free breakfast placemat, designed as a wildlife spotting guide, and record the nature they see in 30 minutes outdoors over their cereal, toast and tea.

Steve Backshall, naturalist, explorer and BBOWT’s President said:

30 Days Wild from The Wildlife Trusts is the perfect reminder to get outdoors every day and have fun! You can be a backyard explorer, or a neighbourhood naturalist, and take action for wildlife in your own patch. Or you can simply relax and enjoy your breakfast outdoors!

“As a dad with three young children, my typical breakfast time is a lot messier than it used to be. With the Big Wild Breakfast, I’ll be taking a welcome break from frantic routines and clean-up duty to spend 30 minutes of quality time outdoors with the kids instead.

“Whether it’s fantastic flowers, bright beetles, butterflies, the feel of the wind on their faces, or grass under their feet - they’ll be captivated by the adventure of it, come rain or shine.”

Take the 30 Days Wild challenge this June!

A record estimated 650,000 people took part in 30 Days Wild nationally in 2020 – its most successful year since launching in 2015 – and more than 6,000 people took part on BBOWT’s patch in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.

Studies have shown that taking part in 30 Days Wild is proven to boost your mood, health, and sense of connection to nature – and those positive benefits are sustained beyond the life of the challenge, months after it is over.

Sign up for 30 Days Wild and get FREE activities at wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild. There’s a pack of wild ideas, wallcharts and activity sheets that give everyone easy ways of doing a ‘random act of wildness’ every day for 30 days during June – whether that’s listening to birdsong, going on a bug hunt or star-gazing. There are also options for schools, care homes and businesses to take part too. Thousands of people share inspiration via 30 Days Wild Facebook and Twitter.

30 Days Wild free pack

30 Days Wild free pack

Register to take part in 30 Days Wild and get a FREE: 

  • Big Wild Breakfast nature ‘bingo’ placemat to download 
  • Bundle of educational and fun resources 
  • Top technical tips from wildlife webcam experts  
  • Details on how to record your breakfast bio-blitz nature spots 
  • Wildlife guides, how-to guides, a fun quiz event and much more. 

Also new for 30 Days Wild this year... Watch live YouTube event on 6th June on how to make the most of Wildlife Webcams in your garden, at work or at school – led by BBC Springwatch’s Hannah Stitfall – at wildlifetrusts.org/events/webcam-wildlife.

So why not get in touch with your wild side and sign up for 30 Days Wild and get FREE activities to try at wildlifetrusts.org/30dayswild.