Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is joining other trusts across the country to launch a new national campaign to get people outdoors in autumn.
The Wildlife Trusts launch the first ever Big Wild Walk week on Monday, 26 October with a series of challenges to the British public to get out into nature.
Designed for people of all ages and abilities to take part, the campaign calls on participants to set a fundraising target linked to a simple, personal walking goal for the week, at one of three levels:
- Hedgehog – walking 3km a day, the distance a hedgehog can cover each night in search of food and mate
- Nature reserves challenge – walking one of the circular nature reserve walks each day
- Migration - walking 96,000 steps over the week, the number of kilometres an arctic tern migrates between the UK and Antarctica each year
For people in Swindon and the rest of the county, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has produced a local guide and set up a dedicated Facebook group called the #BigWildWalk Wiltshire Supporters Group. This is open to any and all Big Wild Walkers, providing support for them through the week with chat, ideas and fundraising advice, and to share what they find along the way.
The trust also has some fun activities planned for each day of the week, including leaf-spotting, mammal-mapping, creative activities and Wildlife Bingo.
Local wildlife champion Linda De Santiz said: “I am doing the #BigWildWalk in Wiltshire to raise awareness of the wonderful reserves and incredible amount of diverse wildlife we have here, particularly Conigre Mead Nature Reserve in Melksham, where I am involved as a volunteer.
"I want to make sure many more generations can enjoy what nature has to offer. I am doing the 96K ‘migration’ challenge.”
To join Team Wiltshire and download the guide, visit the Trust website at www.wiltshirewildlife.org/big-wild-walk