Stay up late and watch a sunset

Reflect on the passing of the day, and enjoy the sight of the setting sun. You can check the time of your sunset using the BBC Weather wesbite, or most weather apps will also give you the times you need. Find a comfy spot about half an hour before sunset time, make yourself a cup…

Wake to a sunrise

It’s time to set your alarm early tomorrow, get up with the birds and enjoy the rising sun. Most of us have seen a sunset, but have you ever seen the sunrise? You can check your sunrise times using the BBC Weather wesbite, or most weather apps will also give you the times you need….

Dip your toes in wild water

When was the last time you got your feet wet? Today’s the day to ditch your shoes and socks, and feel the water between your toes. This activity is especially enjoyable on a hot day – find your nearest shore, clean stream or river, and get splashing! Take the time to enjoy how the water…

Wild Alphabet Challenge

Do you think you can find something in the wild beginning with each letter of the alphabet? It’s harder than you think! Starting with “A” try to find something outdoors, in your garden, or in a book beginning with that letter – you could challenge yourself to find one every day. It can be especially…

Try timelapse photography

Find a fixed point and take a photograph from the same position every minute, hour or day to see how a patch or plant changes over time. You don’t need expensive equipment – you can use your smartphone or tablet – but a camera and tripod can help you to ensure you are in the…

Make elderflower cordial

With just a few additional, elderflowers can be quickly and easily harvested to make some delicious, tangy cordial. First fo all you have to find some elderflowers! You can often smell the frothy white blooms of flower heads before you see them, but if you need some help identifying an elder plant, have a look…

Look for the old ways

It can be a lot of fun looking at old maps of where you live, or your favourite wild spaces. If you live in a built-up area, it can be fascinating to imagine how the land would have looked a hundred years ago, and old maps are a great place to start. The National Library…

Take a wild detour

If you walk or cycle to school or work, you probably follow the same route every day without thinking about it. Why not change things up a little with the occasional mini adventure? A good place to start is by looking at a map of your route. Take note of any potentially interesting areas that…

Tweet for the wild!

Twitter is a fantastic place to connect with other people who share your passion for wildlife, nature and the outdoors. It’s perfect for sharing pictures of your finds and gettign help with identifying plants and animals, or using your skills to help others. If you are new to Twitter, a good place to start (once…

Wild sounds for sleep

Have you ever fallen asleep to the sounds of nature? Some people find natural sounds almost hypnotic, and find that sounds such as wind, rain or running water can help them to relax and drift off to dreamland. Listening to natural sounds can also help you to relax if you are feeling anxious  – before…