Capture 40 Wild Things during the year

BUMBLE BEE: To take part in the 40 Wild Things For Nature challenge you need to take photos of creatures you have spotted. Photo by Kath Smith

BUMBLE BEE: To take part in the 40 Wild Things For Nature challenge you need to take photos of creatures you have spotted. Photo by Kath Smith

  • by Lisa Lewis

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




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