Feed the birds

This is a wonderful activity to invite a little bit of wildness right onto your doorstep. No matter where you live, there is a good chance that the local bird life will appreciate your generosity. There are many types of feeders available but the simplest is a bird table or hanging post that you can…

Let your lawn go wild

This is a very easy activity to do  – in fact, you don’t have to do anything! If you have a lawn in your garden, try leaving it to grow instead of giving it a mow! A well looked-after lawn may look quite nice, but it is not an ideal habitat for wildlife. It’s what…

Cuddle your favourite tree

If you don’t have a favourite tree already, now’s the time! Find a tree that means something to you, and show it some love. “Tree hugging” is often associated with a hippy lifestyle, but there is evidence out there that hugging a tree is good for you. Simply being outside, especially in green spaces with…

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…

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…

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…

Plant borage for bees

If you’ve ever wandered along a country lane flanked by tall stands of borage plants, you will know that these are a magnet for pollinating insects, especially bees. Honey bees and several bumblebee species, including solitary bees, visit to take advantage of the abundance of nectar and pollen. Also known as Starflower, it flowers from…