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Go wild in June – can you complete 30 random acts of wildness?

The Wildlife Trusts are encouraging us all to get outside and go wild in June. We think it's a great idea and so we have come up with some suggestions for going wild in the forest.

The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild is a rather lovely campaign aiming to get us all a little bit closer to nature by completing a Random Act of Wildness every day in June. This could be as simple as splashing in a puddle after a summer downpour (or even during one!) or reading your favourite nature book in a sunny spot.

Why we need nature

It's well documented that kids are spending less time outside these days. And if children are, we as parents are too. The benefits of being close to nature are endless, including increased energy, greater mental well-being and a connection to the world around us. So, let's throw open the doors and get out there.

10 ways to be wild in the forest

A Forest Holiday is all about connecting with nature, so here are 10 things you can do over 10 days in the forest, or back at home in the park or in your garden.

1. Build a bug hotel

See who is checking into the bug hotel at your cabin location. Our purpose-built bug hotels have hosted beetles, bees and centipedes, lacewings, ladybirds, and woodlice. Find out how to build your own bug hotel when you get back home.

2. Make a den

The ultimate in outdoor forest fun, you can make a den from a few sticks if you know how. Luckily, we've got the inside story for you from one of our Forest Rangers.

3. Name seven trees in the forest

Most of us can identify the mighty oak and the conker-bearing horse chestnut tree but how many other trees are you familiar with? Use our handy guide and see which trees you can tick off. 

4. Go for a woodland picnic

Pack your basket with sandwiches, strawberries and lemonade and head off in search of the perfect picnic spot. Hire bikes at Cropton and explore the forest if you are feeling adventurous, or simply settle in the woodland glade next to the cabins at Thorpe Forest if a nearby toilet and all mod cons are high on your list of priorities.

5. Sit still and listen

Have you ever just closed your eyes and listened when you are in a forest? Slowly you will begin to hear birds singing, leaves gently rustling, the call of a deer or the bark of a fox, the music of water over rocks maybe and the buzz of bees around the wildflowers. This is one way to experience Shinrin Yoku, or forest bathing, which means spending time in a forest and soaking up the atmosphere. Proven to lower heart rate, reduce stress and boost the immune system, no wonder forest bathing is on prescription in Japan!

6. Smell some wild garlic

If you have only ever smelt garlic in the kitchen or your local Italian restaurant, spend some time exploring near to our cabins at Forest of Dean. Here, beneath the dappled canopy of the mixed woodland, the wild garlic grows profusely and it will bring home to you the connection between our food and the land.

7. Draw a tree

When's the last time you drew a tree? It was one of the first things we all learned to draw, along with faces and houses. Get a sketch pad, choose a tree and see if your talents have moved on since you were six. Whether or not your tree looks like a tree, the therapeutic benefits of contemplating nature for an hour or two are immense, and it's a great activity to do with the kids too.

8. Set up a snail race

There's no shortage of snails about in June - ask any gardener. What you need is time. This is an activity that sums up our own philosophy at Forest Holidays of slowing down and capturing the moment… err minute… err hour. Did anyone see who won? What do you mean, everyone's in the hot tub?

9. Chase a butterfly

Follow the floaty path of a butterfly as it dances from flower to flower collecting pollen. At Strathyre you might catch sight of a rare marsh fritillary, at Keldy, a common blue and at Deerpark, perhaps attracted to your cabin light as the daylight fades, an eyed hawk moth, which seems to be staring straight at you from the eye-like patterns on its wings.

10. Go wild with our Forest Ranger

Finally, to get really close to nature, enjoy a Forest Ranger adventure. It's great fun and you might even learn something about this wonderful natural world we share.

Sign up for 30 Days Wild on the Wildlife Trusts Website and good luck carrying out your Random Acts of Wildness this June!

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