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Wild Action Week

16 - 22 October 2023

Join us this Wild Action Week  to show what we can achieve for nature when we work together


Whether you want to join in as an individual, family or group, or as a school or business, we want as many people as possible to get involved.

How to take part

  • Take a Wild Action – pick from our list below (or think of your own!)
  • Tell us about it – share what you’ve done on social media using #WildActionWeek and @johnmuirtrust. We'll share as many as we can
  • Tag a friend – challenge them to do their own Wild Action!
  • Want to do more? Donate to our Wild Action Fund or text WILD to 70560 to donate £5
    There's no planet b

    1. Take action for our climate

    What actions can you take in your daily life to lessen your carbon footprint? Try  walking or cycling instead of =car journeys for the week, going plastic-free, or try to buy food from local producers and sellers where possible. Maybe you’ll find some switches that you can make permanent.

    Image: There is no planet B poster

    Friends picnicing - iStock

    2. Connect someone else with a wild place

    Maybe you know someone who doesn’t have easy access to nature, or hasn't explored the outdoors in a while, or perhaps you just want to share a place that's special to you? Why not take a friend or family member for a walk somewhere wild and share the experience with them?

    Image: Friends picnicking by a path

    CELT campaign illustration

    3. Support our Carbon Emissions Land Tax proposal

    Add your voice to 30+ organisations who are campaigning to lock up carbon, boost biodiversity and strengthen rural communities by signing our petition for a Carbon Emissions Land Tax. It will encourage the largest landowners to let Scotland’s land lock up vast amounts of carbon while boosting biodiversity and strengthening rural communities.

    Image: Carbon emissions land tax illustration

    Chris Puddephatt - pathwork volunteers at Quinag May 21

    4. Many hands make light work - volunteer!

    We organise volunteer days to create hands on opportunities and positive change for wild places. We really appreciate our volunteers taking the time out to help us - see if you can take part during wild week! Learn more, check out opportunities, and sign up for our volunteer emails for updates.

    Image: Volunteers repair paths

    Isaac's day's worth of litter picking on Helvellyn

    5. Clean up

    How much litter do you think we could clean up if we all worked together? Even if you’re not responsible for dropping the litter, we could transform the landscape and encourage others to do the same! So grab a bag and some gloves, and see how much you can gather when you’re out and about in your favourite wild places.

    Image: Litter collected by our rangers on Helvellyn

    Girl with bird feeder

    6. Give nature a home

    Put your practical skills to good use by building bird feeders and baths bird and bat boxes, bee and insect hotels, or planting a wildflower patch for birds and insects. Even something as simple as creating a log pile can have positive impacts on biodiversity! 

    Image: Young person with hand made birdfeeder

    Clear on Deer roadshow image

    7. Come to a screening of Clear on Deer

    Join us to explore the legacy, challenges and future of sustainable deer management. Help transform Scotland's habitat for the benefit of deer, people and biodiversity.

    Book now to see our Clear on Deer film, followed by a Q&A with special guest speakers. 

    Image: Clear on deer roadshow image, deer


    8. Get started with a John Muir Award

    Ready to jump in and commit to a multi-day challenge to discover, explore and conserve wild places? Wild Action Week is a great time to plan or start your John Muir Award. Learn more about how to get started as an individual, family or group.

    Image: People carrying tools through the forest

    Katrina Martin - Children with phones

    9. Share your favourite wild place?

    What wild places have you visited this year? Where did you experience beauty and awe? Maybe it was a place where you felt peaceful and connected, which took you away for a moment from the drama or the humdrum of life. Share your photos, stories, poems and artwork of wild places on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #WildActionWeek #johnmuirtrust and @johnmuirtrust.

    Image: Children photograph nature

    Wild Action Fund - promo

    10. Donate to the Wild Action Fund

    Help inspire and enable grassroots action for nature by donating to our Wild Action Fund to support all our engagement work across the Trust. This includes the John Muir Award, our Junior Rangers program and volunteering projects.