Thursday, 9 June 2016

Birdgirl's 30 Days Wild, Day 9 - For diverse communities

This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" 

What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to notice it and enjoy it more.

They say that they don't want you to give anything up for June, just give yourself time in the wild with your family, to reconnect with nature. 26,000 people have already signed up, but it would be great if you signed up to taking part at  

So, for my 30 Days Wild, I have decided to connect with nature each day in a different way, that could feel relevant to Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities or People of Colour (POC) in the USA and be practical if you live in an inner city area. Things that BAME people can identify with and so might find it easier to try.  Not just young people, but BAME people of all ages.

For day nine, I went outside into my garden.  It would be great if you could go out to a local park or green space with your friends or family. I went today, but you can go at the weekend.  Play cricket or rounders or just mess about. Enjoy hearing the laughter of the people you are with especially any children.  Remember what that joy sounds like and feels like.  Make sure you don't leave it so long before doing it again.

Young Birder Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig 

Young Birder Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig with friends

My Nanabhai (grandfather) in the blue shirt with my Mum next to him (in the glasses)
on a family outing to Weston-Super-Mare (coast) in about 1980

Ashleigh in the park

Friends in the park

Barbara and family outdoors

Sonia, Claudette, Christine, Sarah & Barbara outdoors

Sonia, Claudette, Christine & Barbara outdoors

Sarah and Sonia outdoors
Chowdhury family outing

Ashleigh and friends outdoors

Chowdhury family outing

Shomsun Chowdhury and grandson in a park

Friend in a park

Marley and friend


John Macdonald in 1970'a

Syed family outing

Syed family outing

Chowdhury family outing

Laila in a park

Rifat & Rafique Hassan

Imaan in a park

Shabnam Syed on a family outing

Hussain family outdoors

Hussain family

Iqbal Hussain and family

Nipa Hussain outdoors

Iqbal Hussain outdoors

Hussain family outing

Family outing to a park

Lina Khatun & son

Nipa Hussain

3 generations of Hussain family in a green space

Arifa Jahan & Imran

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 14 year old young British Bangladesh birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.

Mya-Rose was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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