Panshanger Park People and Wildlife Officer Jo Whitaker reports on The Wildlife Trusts’ forthcoming 30 Days Wild event this summer.


Spring is well under way now, young animals are starting to take their first few steps, hops or flaps in the world, and the leaves on the trees are very nearly all out.

Panshanger Park is looking particularly vivacious with the fresh, vibrant green that this time of year brings.

Emergence from our aquatic habitats are in full swing now too.

Look out for an increase in dragonfly and damselfly species near wetland areas or over grasslands.

The adult broad-bodied chaser is a particularly obliging species to spot at this time of year.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly.Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly. (Image: Tony Taylor)

This chunky blue bodied (golden-brown for females) dragonfly likes to rest on pathways or prominent low branches, on a sunny day look out for it along the dragonfly trail.

As June is nearly upon us it means another exciting seasonal event is on its way. 

It’s time to get ready for The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild event and commit to doing one wild thing every day throughout the month of June.

This is the biggest nature challenge in the UK – last year half a million people signed up and took part – and this year Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust aims to make it even bigger.

The opportunity to do more things connected to nature and the outdoors can be done in your back garden, local green space or why not visit Panshanger Park as one of your wild days.




30 Days Wild is not just for the younger family members - take time yourself to enjoy being outside, listen to flowing water, feel the wind on your face or have a closer look at what is living on the plants that you pass on your walk.

You can even embrace your inner child and enjoy some puddle splashing!

The 30 Days Wild challenge is a brilliant opportunity to head outdoors and to connect with the natural world and what’s more it has tremendous benefits for wellbeing.

Indeed, research conducted over a five-year period as part of the 30 Days Wild annual summer challenge revealed:

• The daily activity made people significantly happier, particularly those who started with a relatively weak connection to nature.

• The challenge boosted the health of participants by an average of 30%.

• Increases in people’s health and happiness were still felt two months after the challenge was over.

• The more connected to nature people feel, the more they will do something to help to protect it – behaviours that benefit wildlife, habitats and communities.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Sign up for 30 Days Wild!Sign up for 30 Days Wild! (Image: The Wildlife Trusts)

To get your free pack visit, or join one of our upcoming dragonfly walks at Panshanger Park.

For more information visit


Jo Whitaker is the Panshanger Park People and Wildlife Officer.

She works for Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and her role is funded by Tarmac.


  • Panshanger Park is 1,000 acres of countryside situated between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford.
  • Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is working with the park's owners, Tarmac, to manage the park for both people and wildlife.



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