I’ve come up with 20 wild acts that we can all do when the weather is being rather uninviting or when you simply haven’t got time or space to go on a wild adventure.
Here’s our 20 ideas for busy and rainy days:
- Start a free online course on wildlife or nature. United for Wildlife have a free wildlife conservation course and FutureLearn have one on ecosystems.
- Learn to identify tree leaves by drawing/stencilling some common tree leaves and annotating them
- Similarly, learn to identify garden birds by drawing/stencilling some from a guide book
- Watch a wildlife webcam online. I follow the lives of two osprey families in Scotland and England
- A game idea: name/write down as many UK species as possible in 5-10 minutes
- Read about a recent nature discovery or scientific research. The website for the magazine Biosphere is always an interesting read.
- Do a garden birds quiz
Do a wildflower quiz
- Do a garden bird watch from your window
- Go for a walk in the rain
- Take a photo of raindrops, for example droplets on leaves or flowers
- Write a poem or haiku about nature. Haikus are easy, just follow the structure.
- Take part in a nature campaign and show your support for a good cause. Sign the Charter for woods and trees or help the bees.
- Plan a wild trip, for example think about going wild camping in Scotland
- Make a bird cake, here’s a recipe to try
- Volunteer on Zooniverse and help with their conservation projects online
- Draw or paint a picture of wildlife or get a nature inspired colouring book to colour
- Read nature writing
- Make a DIY bug house, I found some inspiration here
- Hunt out the closest bit of nature to you, wherever you are. Whether it be dandelions bursting from a crack in a paving stone or a ladybird flying by.
Do you have any wild ideas for rainy days or busy schedules? I’d love to hear them.