#30dayswild – Ideas and activities

Last year we did #30dayswild which is a free campaign by The Wildlife Trusts to get everyone to perform one random act of wildness everyday in June. Here’s what we got up to last year. I’ve put together some ideas of things you can try this year and we’ll be tracking our progress through the month on this page. I’m hoping that it will be easier than last year because we won’t be juggling school, work and #30dayswild. Who knew lockdown could be a positive!!

It’s free to sign up to the challenge. Because of Covid-19 is the option of either printed or e-packs, it’s all downloads so it doesn’t really matter when you start! You can sign up here. In fact, why not extend it beyond the 30 days?

If you’re feeling crafty have a look at the nature crafts page. There are lots of wonderful outdoors places to visit in Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts where you can connect with nature. Click here to check out the reviews.

Have a look at the National Trust’s noticing nature campaign which is all about taking the time to notice the nature that’s all around us. Other useful websites for #30dayswild ideas and activities including Forestry England, the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4

Our #30dayswild 2020 diary

#30dayswild ideas | Day 1 | Free Time with the Kids

A walk up Wendover Woods gave us loads of wild activities – Click here for our review of Wendover Woods

Bird Watching with the kids | Free Time with the Kids

Biggest Child spotted a bird in the garden and I had no idea what it was. Bit of research later and it was a song thrush

Tree identification | Free Time with the Kids

Most trees are going to seed now. A trip to Waddesdon Manor (read the review here) allowed us to investigate the different types of seed trees use.

#30dayswild activity ideas | Free Time with the Kids

Another 30 days wild activity courtesy of our Mud & Bloom subscription.

#30dayswild ideas | Free Time with the Kids

This time it was a trip to Dunstable Downs to fly our kites. Read more about the site here.

30 days wild ideas

This was one of the seeds included in our Mud & Bloom subscription box. Click the image for the full review.

Such a beautiful walk at Rushmere Country park, and we chose a much quieter route to explore.

Read all about Ivinghoe Beacon here. It’s free to visit and has free parking (although it can get very busy)

Go Find it is fantastic game and a great way to make the most of a family walk. You can buy it from here or Amazon. My review of Cliveden is here.

We visited the Aston Clinton Ragpits in Buckinghamshire for a relatively short walk but lots of beautiful orchids.

This is a really easy craft to do with the kids. You can find the full instructions here.

You can read more about Ascott House here

We did pond dipping (well pond watching), explored the beautiful gardens and watched nesting sparrowhawks and their chicks. Read the full Knebworth House review here.

Brill Common (home of the windmill) used to be a quarry and is a great place to visit with the kids.

Cedars Nature Centre is small community zoo in Waltham Cross. You can read my full review of it here.

Bernwood Forest in Oxfordshire is free to visit and is a haven for butterflies at this time of year.

Hughenden Park (next to Hughenden Manor) has a lovely chalk stream

Some 30 days wild suggestions for you

  • Walk barefoot through the grass
  • Identify a new bug or insect
  • Watch the clouds
  • Do some star gazing and identify some constellations
  • Eat a meal outdoors
  • Eat something you’ve grown
  • Grow something
  • Watch a wild webcam
  • Go pond dipping
  • Roll down a big hill
  • Visit a nature reserve
  • Make a nature crown
  • Go for a walk in the woods
  • Go for a walk at dusk – what different animals can you find?
  • Watch any of the videos on Steve Backshall’s YouTube channel – or even his weekly live Q&A. It’s each Wednesday at 09:30 on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Set up a moth trap
  • Visit a river, lake or reservoir
  • Go to the beach

I’ll be updating this post throughout out #30dayswild 2020 journey. Keep checking back to see what we’re up to.

#30dayswild | The Wildlife Trusts | Free time with the kids

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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook