30 nature activities for summer
If, like many of us, you have been stuck inside and feel like you need an adventure, then the summer is a great time to get outside and explore nature. The weather is warmer and your local area will be literally abuzz with activity and interesting things to see.
Noticing and reconnecting with the natural world we are all part of can be a great mood booster.
We have 30 fun activities for you to try, either on your own, with friends, or with your family. These range from walks and animal observation to craft projects and photography. We even have some ideas for when the great British summer forces you to retreat inside.
#RediscoverSummer with your kids
You’ll be surprised how quickly nature can take over, if it is left undisturbed. What can you find on fallen logs, old stone walls or even pavement corners? Make your own journal to share your stories.
Get creative with flowers and leaves
Give garden wildlife a hand
It's important for birds to have access to a reliable water source for bathing and drinking all year round. Help them out by building a quick and simple bird bath in your garden.
Making small changes to your garden can help support your local wildlife. Here are seven easy ways to make a difference.
Hedgehogs won't start hibernating until winter, but why not get a shelter ready for them now? They may even nest in it next summer and raise baby hoglets.
Explore fascinating animal life
Attract beautiful butterflies with our easy-to-make fruit feeder. Ideal for observing butterflies, this feeder will help you enjoy these enchanting insects even if you don't have a big garden.
A huge variety of animals are active after sunset. By making a light trap, you can find out what nocturnal insects call your area home.
Footprint tunnels are a great way to discover which small animals, such as hedgehogs, are out and about, and it's easy to make your own at home.
13. Go rockpooling
Going rockpooling is a great way to see a wide range of creatures that live on the seashore. Our guide gives you tips on the equipment you need and what you might find.
Watch, reflect and connect with the nature you see
Our Digital Nature Journal gives you a free and easy way to keep track of all the nature you see.
If you'd prefer to use a paper-based journal that you can draw and stick things in, then we have some simple craft instructions so you can make your own, with tips on what you could record.
Taking time to notice nature can boost your mood and general wellbeing.
How many of these 17 beautiful beetles can you spot? Many of them are quite small, so you'll need to look closely at your environment. What others can you find in your area?
19. Go bat hunting
Bats are one of the most overlooked and misunderstood of our fellow mammals, but they help keep flying insect populations under control and even pollinate plants in some parts of the world. Explore how to spot bats in your local area.
Find out about five of the UK's most popular street trees, including distinctive features to look out for when identifying them and how they support wildlife.
You can watch amazing meteor showers throughout the year, including the Perseids in August.
Help scientists look after nature
Did you know that seaweed creates habitat where fish, invertebrates, birds and marine mammals can find food and shelter? Survey your shore with the Big Seaweed Search to help protect our marine environment.
If you enjoy taking an interest in your local wildlife, why not contribute your observations to one of the many UK monitoring schemes? They cover everything from ladybirds and butterflies to ancient trees and fungi.