How to have a wild winter

Jo Humphreys 

Christmas and the winter season in general can be difficult for many of us as the holiday stress rises, the nights draw in and the temperatures drop. Wrap up, get outside and stay wild this winter.
Take part in the 12 Days of Wild Christmas by going for a frosty walk

Take part in 12 Days of Wild Christmas

We know that keeping up with a daily dose of nature can be tough, especially as the days start getting shorter. But time outside is proven to do wonders for your health and wellbeing. So, to provide a little mid-winter inspiration, The Wildlife Trusts are launching 12 Days of Wild Christmas. The idea is simple: one Random Act of Wildness a day starting on Christmas Day up until the 5th January. You can sign up today for your free winter ‘Nature Table’ download.

Sign up for 12 Days of Wild Christmas

Myplace in the snow

Go for a winter walk

It may be cold but a few extra layers and a brisk pace will get you warm in no time and the wintery scenery is sure to take your breath away. Exercise, even when it’s very gentle has been scientifically proven to boost your mood. You could go out with a friend or have some quiet time alone. Listen to the frost crunching under your feet and the birds singing high above you in the trees.

Get creative

Get crafty

Instead of buying your loved ones gifts this Christmas – why not put your skills to the test and have a go at making something? You could build your own bird nest box, bat box or hedgehog shelter. For something smaller you could try making your own Christmas decorations or even forage for natural Christmas decorations.

Robin perched on a tree branch covered in frost during winter

Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Look out for winter wildlife

Winter is filled with wildlife spectacles to enjoy and with the bare trees it’s often one of the best times to go on the lookout for wildlife. Grab a camera or a sketch book, take a flask of warm tea, soup or hot chocolate and huddle up in a hide for a few hours. From migratory birds to hardy wildflowers and frost-bitten landscapes, there’s plenty to take in and enjoy.

Check out this blog on winter birds and see how many you can find!

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