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Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust

Between Saturday 22 and Sunday 30 October, Birmingham and Black County Wildlife Trust are holding their fourth annual walking fundraiser. Evidence shows that regular connections with nature is good for our health and wellbeing, so what better reason to explore your local green spaces this October half term whilst raising funds for your local Wildlife Trust. The Trust have organised a series of expert-led guided walks all over Birmingham and the Black Country as well as a family-friendly orienteering event at Sutton Park to round off the week. Individual and group challenges are also being encouraged, and keen walkers can register to take part to receive sponsorship forms as well as a link to set up a JustGiving page. Emma Thompson, Head of Fundraising and Communication at Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust said:

“We have ambitious goals for nature’s recovery and inspiring meaningful connections to nature, so this fundraiser is a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers to get involved. Wild Walk Week is for anyone and everyone and our webpage has lots of ideas on how to get involved from the 3km per day hedgehog challenge to the epic 500-mile group relay challenge! Huge thanks to our sponsors IM Properties and the support from City of Birmingham Orienteering Club for helping us make this challenge our biggest yet.”

Midlands based property company, IM Properties, have sponsored this year’s Wild Walk Week challenge enabling the Trust to offer a brilliant goody bag to the first 30 supporters who raise or donate £100 during Wild Walk Week. The organic

cotton bags include; a recycled notebook, a bag of wild bird seed, a matchbox of wild flower ‘seedballs’ and a Wildlife in the Garden book. Kerry Amory, Social Value Manager for IM Properties said:

“We’re really pleased to be once again supporting Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. They do some great work and we hope that this year’s Wild Walk Week will be bigger than ever with schools, families and businesses connecting with nature for their 4th annual fundraising challenge.”

To take part visit bbcwildlife.org.uk/WildWalkWeek to register for your free fundraising pack, find inspiration for your routes and challenges, book a guided walk or book tickets to the orienteering challenge and find out how to set up sponsorship page. Challenges Easy: walk 3km every day with the hedgehog challenge – this is the average range a hedgehog walks every night to find food! Harder: walk 30km over the week and show your support for the Wildlife Trust’s goals for 30% of the landscape to be managed for the benefit of wildlife by 2030nature’s recovery by 2030 Epic: get a team together for an epic 500-mile relay walk in recognition of the migration route of an autumnal bird visitor to the UK

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