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30ways wild

Posted: Friday 26th May 2017 by LivingSeas

Underwater Wales introduces you to a few coastal ideas to add to a month full of wildness.

Every year June is the month the Wildlife Trusts go wild for the entire month and take a fair few of you with us.
30 days wild is our way to get people out every single day doing something in Nature/for Nature and then telling people about it. They can sign up for a pack to help with ideas and to encourage youngsters.

At Underwater Wales we’ve been developing a set of free downloads, which we’re calling “Reasons to be Coastal, 1,2,3……”. This came from our quest to encourage families out to the shores over winter 2015, but handily comes in very handy all year round and especially so for “30 days wild”. Together with these resources we’ve had a think about a few more ideas taken from the activities we’ve been doing across our North Wales coasts since Underwater Wales began to create 30 ideas those who find themselves on the coasts and who’ve signed up for 30 days wild can use as inspiration.

Good luck to those who feel challenged to try out the lot.

1. Add to our coastal alphabet (see main picture for inspiration).
2. See how many different types of marine eggs you can find.
3. Find out how many tubs of dry sand to water makes the perfect sandcastle.
4. Find lugworm poo.
5. Do a #2minutebeachclean, then try not to use single-use plastic for the rest of the day.
6. Make a species list of all the different animals and their signs, you see today.


Good luck to those who feel challenged to try the lot


7. Listen to the shore birds then try to identify, at least one of them.

8. Test your shark senses after a walk on the beach.
9. Press some seaweed between some paper and flatten for a few weeks with heavy books.
10. Look for the biggest limpet shell you can find and measure it. 




11. Look for a #lefthandedwhelk.
12. Listen to the sounds of the sea for a whole ten minutes.
13. Go rockpooling (following the rockpooling code).
14. Visit the strandline at night-time to see what’s visiting it from the land.
15. Collect one of each different type of shell you can find in 10 metres.






16. Visit the kelp zone and try and find a blue-rayed limpet.
17. Watch for different types of bird behaviour.
18. Take a video of something interesting on the shore.
19. Draw a picture of something you’ve found on the strandline, then label it, after reading about how it lives and is adapted to its home.






20. Look for iridescence in red seaweed.
21. Take the best scenic photo you can of thrift.
22. Search for Lego® lost at sea.
23. Make some beach art and sign it 30days wild.
24. Find and identify a species of shark egg in the strandline.





25. Walk a section of the coast path.
26. Make a whistle from a dried eggwrack bladder.
27. Do a nurdle hunt and add to the map.
28. Practice #LeaningTowerofLimpet.
29. Spend an hour watching the sea from a high point to look for porpoises, dolphins and seabirds.
30. Begin your wildlife journal for the next 6 months.

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