Thirty Days Wild!

There’s no better time to get out and about and enjoy nature than in June when the days are at their longest (the Summer Solstice is on 21st June and Midsummer Day on the 24th.) Amongst the wildlife on view this month are deer, and if you are lucky, badgers, whose cubs emerge at dusk to play!

Flowers reach the peak of glory too, with foxgloves, ox-eye daisies, roses and honeysuckle amongst the plants that grow wild. Look out for the butterflies and moths of summer as well; the Marsh Fritillary is out and about alongside the more common Peacocks and Tortoiseshells, and in the evening the hawk moths will be out.

Throughout the month of June, UK Wildlife Trusts are running their annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild, where they encourage everyone to do one wild thing a day. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. Wildlife activities can be anything you like, from listening to the dawn chorus, to finding insects and mini-beasts, identifying wildflowers to creating a pond! Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is organising events but you can also download a pack for you and your family, and there’s also an app. And where better to go wild in nature than the expanse of Lydiard Park with its lake, meadows and parkland? There’s lots of space and so much to see and do in June.