TAKE a walk on the wild side next week – that’s the fundraising challenge for Black Country folk.

Between Saturday October 24 and Saturday October 31 The Birmingham and Black County Wildlife Trust are asking local residents to put their best foot forward for Wild Walk Week.

The campaign aims to

◦ Raise awareness of Trust

◦ Encourage local people to fundraise to protect unique local urban wild spaces

◦ Inspire residents to reconnect with nature and rekindle their passion for local green spaces

The Trust are inviting the public, volunteers, members, fundraisers and corporate partners to embark on a self-led fundraising walk during the week.

A fundraising pack is available, including a 'Welcome to Wildlife’ guide and suggestions of local walks to explore fascinating wildlife spots and green spaces.

The Trust celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and is encouraging fundraising ideas centred on the number 40. One couple embraced the concept in August by walking 40km in one day to raise over £560. Other 40-themed ideas include raising £40 in sponsorship, exploring 40 new sites in a week or spotting 40 species during a wild walk.

The Trust are the leading conservation charity in Birmingham and the Black Country.

To register for a fundraising pack go to https://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/WildWalkWeek