As it explains on The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild Website:
“Some campaigns ask you for money. Others ask you to bake, grow a moustache or give up things that are bad for you. Well, we’re not asking for you to give us something and we don’t want you to stop doing anything. All we want is for you to give yourself some time with nature.”
Excellent! Giving my family some time with nature is what I’m all about. And being able to share this, potentially inspire others and also get inspiration for things to do from other people taking part is great. Although I love getting out into nature, this can be tricky with a baby and toddler! So doing something naturey (technical term…) every day for 30 days will definitely be challenging. Especially as we’re in the process of moving house. However, I see this as a great reason to set aside some wild time to keep us grounded. So…
Day 1 – Back garden wormery
First we made our ‘house’ for the ‘wiggly worms’, as Pip would say. I seem to recall layering sand and soil when doing this as a child a *few* years ago… So that’s what we did. Still haven’t asked the interwebs if that’s right!
Next we hunted for worms in our borders. We found some pretty quickly. Hurrah for compost! Pip hasn’t been the biggest fan of bugs, despite my efforts. In fact, as a baby he wouldn’t touch grass and the first time he stood independently was because I’d stood him on grass and he didn’t want to touch it! Anyways, I digress. Initially Pip was very reluctant to get hands on, but was happy to observe from a safe distance!
Bee, on the other hand, is definitely my daughter. She toddled straight over, swiped up the big wiggly worm and put it straight in her mouth! Luckily we managed to rescue the worm without harm (with cries of “Aaargh, no! Don’t eat the worm!”), unfortunately leaving Bee rather upset that her snack was denied.
However, after she learnt that she needs to be gentle with the wiggly worm, without prompting she skilfully deposited the worm in its holiday home (hopefully not final resting place).
Shamed by his little sister’s cavalier attitude to creepy crawlies (I don’t actually call them this in front of the kids, I think it sounds negative), Pip decided he’d have a go at picking up the big wiggly worm. After comically hovering his hand above the worm and whimpering for ten seconds, he finally plucked up the courage to pick it up. I think he was pleasantly surprised and rather proud!
So now we wait to see if our wiggly worms make tunnels for us to see!