TO CELEBRATE their 40th anniversary the Manx Wildlife Trust is inviting the public to take part in its 40 Wild Things for Nature Challenge.
Over the next 12 months, the trust will be encouraging you to experience nature for yourselves and to do your bit for the environment.
If you have always wanted to see the tens of thousands of orchids at Close Sartfield, make that bird box for the garden, switch to peat-free compost, go rockpooling or get up extra early for the dawn chorus, then do it this year.
If you think the challenge is right up your street then all you have to do is keep a note of what you do throughout the year, take pictures and let the Manx Wildlife Trust know what you are doing through facebook or by email.
Kath Smith of the Manx Wildlife Trust said: ‘There are more pressures on our habitats and wildlife than ever before, but with your help and support the trust can continue its work for the next 40 years so (wild)life really does begin at 40!
‘The challenge is a great opportunity for people to get out and experience nature at first hand.
‘Families, schools and community groups will have a lot of fun trying to complete all 40, some they may be doing already but others will be the chance to do something wild for the first time - be it holding a starfish when rockpooling or helping birds in the garden with a home made nest box.’
The list includes things to enjoy, make, see and do. Some are seasonal, some can be done at any time of the year and some may make a difference forever.
See how many from the list you can tick off from now until March 19, 2014.
There is a wide range for all the family to enjoy, some of the 40 wild things are listed below:
Plant flowers for bees
Spot mountain hares in the snow
Put up a nest box
Raise £40 for Manx Wildlife
Feed the birds in your garden
See grey seals at the Sound
Admire orchids at Close Sartfield
Watch gannets plunge dive
Spot 40 species
Scan the seas for basking sharks
Spot a lizard basking in the sun
Buy sustainable seafood
Watch for bats at dusk
Make a hibernation home
Shop with a reusable bag
Track aliens(wallabies) in the Curragh
Spot bottlenose dolphins off the east coast
Prizes will be given to all participants who have completed and recorded all 40 Wild Things.
If you are stuck on what to do, you can always look out for handy events organised by the trust to help you along the way.
For more information on the challenge or any trust events visit www.manxwt.org.uk