Welcome to Day 6 of the #30DaysWild Challenge with Essex Wildlife Trust!

How many animals did you spot yesterday on the river walk? We just can not get enough of being outside right now, and for us, the location of today’s challenge is so clearly inspired by the natural beauty of the river.

As always we would love to hear your wild stories or see your wild photographs, even if they are not task related, we will select some of these to feature in the wild stories section of this blog. You can send these to us via  Facebook or email 

Today’s task is:

Eat on the Grass!

I guess this our thinly veiled attempt at encouraging a huge picnic day for all of our followers! If a structured picnic feels a bit much though even popping out to a green space on your lunch break will help you complete this task. I myself have spent many a lunch on an office heavy day with my shoes off in the field next to my workplace feeling the grass between my toes, it just helps me reset!


5 facts about why being outdoors is good for your soul


  1. Being outdoors allows you to breath in fresher air.
    Okay, we know this one sounds like a no brainer but it’s unbelievable how often we forget this. Fresh air is great for our respiratory system, getting the oxygen flowing and boosting our cells helps strengthening and cleanse us. A Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.


  • It promotes natural learning and encourages you to explore.
    A survey conducted with 2,000 eight-to-12-year-olds for the TV channel Eden suggested that a large percentage wouldn’t be able to identify an owl, a big majority of children play indoors more often than out. For those that are playing outdoors the distance they travel has shrunk by 90% since the 70s and more children are now admitted to British hospitals for injuries incurred falling out of bed than falling out of trees.



  • The sun is good for our bodies and our minds.
    Soaking in some sun rays help Vitamin D to reach our bones, strengthening our body’s immune system and nervous system.  Sunrays also makes most people generally happier and full of energy. You could take a regular break, sit in the garden, enjoy lunch picnic or lunch on a bench. You could also garden or just spend some time out walking. Relaxing in the sun helps us look after ourselves and reconnecting to nature and ourselves. It also has a huge effect our emotional health.



  • The colour green releases happy endorphins.
    Green has signified rebirth, growth, nature and fertility for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s said to have a calming and refreshing effect on people and will release happy endorphins when seen.
  • Exercise is good for you.
    Any form of outdoor exercise such as walking the dog, going for a run, strolling to work, is also a lot better than indoor activities such as going to the gym. The health benefits of exercise are documented widely so I won’t bore you with any of that but being outside doing it is a double whammy!


Here is an extra little wildlife spotter for you to mark off on as you eat:


Look out for our second blog for Day 6, posted in about an hour, with some quick delicious recipes to inspire your lunch! And most importantly




Today’s blog was written by S.Wymuss of S.J Photographs  and edited by S.Hellard
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