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Help protect wildlife, tidy up your local area and keep our favourite scenic spots looking beautiful by spending an hour or so collecting rubbish. All you need are some old gloves plus a bucket or bag to put the rubbish in. Be careful not to pick up anything sharp and make sure you wash your hands before touching anything else. The Great Big Green Week and The Great British Beach Clean are also taking place this National GetOutside Day, helping you get outside and be kind to the environment.
Organise your own litter pick with friends, family or others in your community. Add your own private or public event to the free GetOutside app and spread the word.
How many times a week do you jump in your car? Think how much we can help the environment, if we occasionally make the effort to swap four wheels for two. Not only will you help reduce your carbon footprint but you'll save money and keep fit too!
Keep track of the miles you've travelled by foot or bike and reward yourself with the money you've saved on petrol.
If you plan to leave the car at home and wild camp, please do so responsibily.
There are many organisations in need of volunteers to conduct wildlife surveys so they can learn more and help look after animals. From spotting butterflies, looking for creepy crawlies or collecting samples of animal poo to send off and see whether they've eaten plastic, there's a wildlife survey to suit everyone. This is a great activity for all ages and it doesn't cost a penny.
Search 'animal surveys UK' online to find out how you can get involved. Often you'll be provided with a recording sheet to download/submit online.
Step outside and help children learn more and understand how the world works, all while having fun and making creations, from large bubbles to garden activity packs. Teaching kids about the world we live in will help promote sustainable habits and encourage the younger generation to look after our planet for years to come. Walk to a geographical landform, take the classroom outside or have fun with educational toys.
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Whether you're sewing bee bombs in your garden, growing your own veg or planting a tree at your local community allotment, you'll get great satisfaction from watching it grow and attracting all sorts of wildlife. When thinking about what to plant, do a little research into what's best for the time of year, where you are going to plant it and how you should care for it.
Always get permission before planting anything in a public place. Some plants can have a negative impact the ecosystem.
Help protect animals in your local area by building them a home in your garden. You don't need much to build an animal home, some basic tools and natural materials like logs, hollow sticks and leaves. Hedgehog houses, bug hotels, bird boxes and mini ponds are some of the most simplest animal homes to build.
First, think about where you will place your home. Is it easy for the animal to get in and out? Have they got enough shelter? It is protected from preditors?
“Remember, when getting outside; take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time.”
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Let’s work together and get everyone outside this September, leaving nothing but footprints as we go!
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