Naomi Wilkinson’s wildlife challenge

BBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson Be adventurous, says Naomi Wilkinson

This challenge is all about getting out for an adventure, and doing something different.

It doesn't have to be a car journey, it can be right on your doorstep! While you're there why not have a bash at one of our challenges? Trying something new is not only fun, it's always an adventure!

Make a list of adventures.

Go geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt: Imagine a combination of orienteering and hide and seek.

Players have to find hidden containers called geocaches using a smartphone or GPS and then log their finds online.

It's a great way to discover new places and is usually free to register.

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Who doesn't love having 'Wild' adventures? Just grab family or friends and head off to explore somewhere new”

End Quote Naomi Wilkinson, presenter of Wild
Build a den

Try building a den in your garden, local park or woodland.

You should be able to find everything you need outside to make a really cosy shelter.

Look for long sticks to build the framework and twigs and leaves to provide the cover.

Camp out

Spend a night outside under canvas, you don't have to go far, sleeping out overnight in your own back garden for the first time can be really exciting and doesn't take too much preparation.

Camping is a great way to get close to wildlife in its own environment, keep your eyes and ears open for clues to which animals are nearby.

Download your own copy of the Summer of Wildlife Handbook

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Be sure to share any photographs you take on the BBC Summer of Wildlife Flickr group.

As part of our See it, Snap it, Share it challenge, we're hoping to reach 100,000 photographs that document the state of our UK wildlife in the summer of 2013.

All summer we'll be hosting an online conversation around the Summer of Wildlife.

Follow BBC Nature on Facebook and Twitter @BBCNature. Join in and share your own Summer of Wildlife experiences and get the latest news and updates about the wildlife near you.

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