30 Days Wild - Big Wild Weekend
A big thank you to all those who took part in our Big Weekend Wildlife Watch in 2019 as part of 30 Days Wild and our Wilder Future campaign. We'll be running the survey again in 2020 and hope you will join us then for more exploring and wildlife spotting!
As part of 30 Days Wild, we are inviting you to take part in the campaigns Big Wild Weekend, on the 20th & 21st June.
The Big Wild Weekend is two days of wildlife and nature events taking place across the UK on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. Wildlife Trusts across the country are running events helping you to discover and enjoy your local wildlife. The Big Wild Weekend takes place halfway through 30DaysWild – the UK’s annual nature challenge organised by The Wildlife Trusts and which runs from the 1st -30th June.
For the big Wild Weekend, in Staffordshire, we are encouraging people to head outside and get involved in our exciting Big Weekend Wildlife Watch survey!
Sign ups opening soon
Sign up open in April 2020 for the UK's month long nature challenge! See if you can do one random act of wildness for each day this June. Get a free pack featuring, wall chart, stickers and activity booklet when you join the campaign!
What is the Big Weekend Wildlife Watch?
Wildlife is in decline across the UK and we are calling on you, Wildlife Explorer, to help us survey the state of Staffordshire's wildlife across the county. We want you to look out for 30 key species across Staffordshire, you can find these in your garden, local park, nature reserve or green space. We want you to note how many of each species you have seen and send in the results to us. For those of you who are luckily there are 6 gold star species to look out for that are more difficult to spot than the others.
Species range from mammals to moths to bees and birds that we are asking you to look out for.
How can I take part?
To take part in our Big Weekend Wildlife Watch, you will need to fill in the form below to register your interest. Once signed up, you'll get a confirmation message with a link to download your spotting booklet ready for the Big Wild Weekend. You will need to print and fill it in. Your booklet will include a checklist of the species we want you to look out for so you can tick them off along with some facts to help you spot the species.
Although we are asking you to look out for 30 species, we very much welcome you sending in records of any others you manage to spot. We felt like 30 species was a good number to look out for over the weekend.
Why are we doing this?
You will have seen from our recent Wilder Future campaign that nature is in trouble and needs out help. Many species are threatened and we need to act to put nature into recovery before it is too late.
By recording species for our Big Weekend Wildlife Watch you will be helping us analyse the state of Staffordshire's wildlife. Once numbers have been collated, we can start to see which species aren't doing so well and therefore make extra efforts to help these species.
It is also great fun trying to spot wildlife and is the perfect excuse to get out and explore your local wild spaces and well ... go wild!
Don't forget to keep us updating with how you are getting on by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Best of luck, we are counting on you Wildlife Explorers!
Top tips for spotting wildlife
- be quiet otherwise you might scare off the wildlife
- have a good pair of binoculars and a magnifine glass to help identify species
- take snacks and a drink out with you, you need to keep your energy levels up
- read the facts in your spotting booklet to help you identify certain species
- species like to be active at different times of day so make sure you try and mix up when you go out exploring
- be careful where you go exploring and make sure you always have an adult with you they can often help with extra clues to help find wildlife!