OUTDOORS | 12 Outdoor & Nature Based Things To Do To Combat The January Blues

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Let’s face it, January can be a pretty tough month to get through. With all the fun and excitement of Christmas long gone, the first gloomy month of the year can seem never-ending.

But don’t fear. Here at Camping with Style we’ve been busy planning adventures and finding fun things to fill the new year with, so why not use January to plan some new adventures of your own?

Read on for some great suggestions of outdoors and nature based things to do this January.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

1. Find nature based activities near you

You can easily find out about nature based activities and places to visit near you by visiting the Wildlife Trust website and popping in your location.

✰ Wildlife Trust What’s Happening Near Me

2. Survey the wild birds visiting your garden

Take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch taking place at the end of January, and run by the RSPB. Signup on their website to get your free kit and take part.

✰ RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

glamping pods brecon beaconsAcorn Adventure glamping pods in the Brecon Beacons

3. Go winter glamping

One of the best things about glamping, is that unlike camping, there are no excuses not to do it year round! Even the most basic glamping pods are well insulated and usually contain an electric heater. Priced from about £40 per night, it’s a great way to spend time living that bit closer to nature during the colder winter months.

✰ Find a glamping site at Glamping Hub

4. Create a nature habitat in your garden

Turn part of your garden into a nature habitat to encourage wild animals to come and visit or take residence. The RSPB provides plenty of advice on how to create nature habitats for birds, bees, butterflies, frogs and more!

✰ Give Nature A Home

 big-garden-birdwatch-02Our garden ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch 

5. Get outdoors and try a park run!

If you’ve never done a park run before, how about signing up to something like the Stroke Association Resolution Run that’s taking place this March in Nottingham?

✰ Stroke Association Resolution Run

Fungi identification is great funSome fungi we recently spotted growing on a rotting tree trunk

6. Learn to identify different flora and fauna

Although January isn’t a brilliant time for fungi, there are still plenty around and it can be fascinating and fun learning to indetify them and work out which ones are edible and which are poisonus. But it’s not just fungi you can learn to identify, birds and tress are equally fascinating to to learn about, especially at this time of year.

✰ Grab yourself a wildlife identification book to help

Ben Lawers Walk in ScotlandWe love walking in winter we took this shot whilst walking in Ben Lawers in Scotland last year

7. Get out for a walk

If you are short on ideas, narrow it down to a region you love or have always wanted to visit and do some research either online or grab yourself a book on walking in a particular region. Don’t let cold weather put you off, a winter walk can be just as enjoyable as a summer walk, in fact we prefer walking in winter as popular walks aren’t as busy.

✰ Find a book on walking routes

8. Explore a National Trust garden

Head over to the National Trust website to find a garden or park near you, grab your camera, and then head outdoors to take photographs or to simply enjoy the landscape.

✰ Find a National Trust garden or park

National Trust Sizergh CastleExploring The National Trusts Sizergh Castle Gardens

9. Take part in a nature photo challenge

Lots of bloggers and websites run various daily and weekly photo challenges. The easiest ones to get involved in will often give you a theme, and your task is to take a picture that fits the theme and upload it to your preferred social media platform using a specific hashtag.

Check out the Splodz Blogz Weekly Photo Challenge

10. Plan an Easter Bank Holiday road trip

It might seem early, but when it comes to booking campsites, glamping or holiday park accommodation, they can get booked up very quickly, so planning now makes sense. Always fancied walking in the Scottish Highlands? Go for it.

✰ Be inspired by our 2016 Easter road trip to the Highlands

Autumn CampingGet your camping gear ready for the first camping trip of the year

11. Get ready for your spring camping trip

Now is a great time to sort out your camping gear and to figure out if you need to invest in anything new. Donate any unwanted camping and outdoors gear to a homeless charity, and make a list of campsites you’d like to stay at in the coming year. Why not be super organised, and book ahead for half term?

✰ Find a camp site to stay at

12. Get into Geocaching

Geocaching is like a high-tech treasure hunt, and trust as when we say it’s seriously addictive! Geocaces need to be tracked down and then logged, and some are trickier than others! Start with caches ranked as easy to find and you’ll soon get the hang of it, and it’s something that the whole family can enjoy.

✰ Join the world’s largest treasure hunt

Sizergh Castle Geocache findOne of our first Geocache finds, at Sizergh Castle

Still searching for inspiration? Outdoors bloggers share their tips on how to spend more time outdoors.

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  • Ah thanks so much for including my photo challenge – just a bit of fun to get us snapping this year 🙂 🙂

    • It’s such a great idea! I really should pull my finger out and get involved at some point!

  • thehelpfulhiker

    Love these ideas. It’s one of those grey, January days today and this post is great inspiration!

    • Thanks Lauren. I must say I’m struggling a bit with these dark and dreary wet days! Planning fun new adventures definitely helps 🙂

  • Great ideas, Shell! I love getting outside in the rain/wind/cold but it is always nice to get some inspiration for things to do while I’m out there. Definitely signing up for the Bird Watch, we actually get some very interesting birds here, even though we are near the city. 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah! Glad to hear you’re going to get involved with the Big Garden Birdwatch!

      I’ve been taking much more notice of the bird activity in my little garden as a result, and have got a little bit better at identification too – well I can finally tell a Blue Tit apart from a Great Tit anyway 😀

  • Super ideas, this! I think geocaching is a great way, especially, to get outdoors and explore new areas. My family love it!

    • It’s great fun isn’t it! We’ve not done it for a while after going crazy for – I think we need to start doing it again 🙂