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We love taking a walk on the wild side at Po-Zu. So we’re right behind a campaign by the Wildlife Trusts that has been running in June to inspire and encourage people to commit a random act of wildness every day. Here are five of our favourite ideas from the good people at The Wildlife Trusts on different ways to experience nature and explore the outdoors around where you are – even if you live in a big city, it’s easier than you might think to build a little wildness into each day. And the summer is a perfect time to start or to explore more.
Exercise in the wild
Changing your route to run, walk or cycle in the wild can be a great way to both exercise and get your hit of green. If you work near a park, you could get off a stop or two earlier and walk in the park in your Po-Zus on the way to or from work, helping to set you up for the day or unwind at the end of it.
Create artwork in the wild
You can use leaves, twigs, feathers, feathers – whatever is at hand. I made this design in the local park, and it was fun just to play with what was there in front of me – like being a child again. Of course it is a perfect activity to do with children as well. And you could brighten the day of whoever else stumbles across your resulting artwork.
Be a treehugger
Your friends might call you a treehugger. But when was the last time you actually hugged a tree? Inspired by the 30 Days Wild challenge, I stopped to hug this beautiful oak tree when I was out running. There was something very calming about it – and it turns out that treehugging is actually good for our health.
Learn to identify birdsong
Taking time to listen to birdsong is an easy way to incorporate wild into your day. But I, for one, am not so hot on knowing which bird is doing the singing. I’ve been prompted by the challenge to put that right over the summer. You can buy books with CDs which will you help you to pick out the different bird songs – the Collins Guide to Bird Songs and Calls looks like a good one.
Take your favourite nature book and read it outside
If you’re feeling in need of chilling out a little, why not take your favourite nature book outside and read it in the perfect setting. Find a tree to climb and read Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin. Read Waterlog by the same author by the side of a lake or river on a hot summer’s day, and you might be tempted to plunge in. Or spend half in an hour in a local park at lunchtime with The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy. His argument is that we are moved by nature and love nature, because we are part of nature, and it has been deep within us for 50,000 generations.
And if that’s the case, then we all deserve and need a little more wildtime.
You can pick up more tips and inspiration on how to Stay Wild this summer at the Wildlife Trust website