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#30DaysWild – Day 30 – Visited an old wild haunt!

Today I visited a nature reserve I hadn’t been for a few years, Avon Meadows Community Wetlands at the edge of Pershore. It was I place I use to regularly visit, so I wondered what changes I would see.

I have seen so many wild patches turned into housing estates. A small field becoming a cramped area of brick, mortar and tarmac. Nothing wild left or even welcome. So I was worried I would arrive to see this lovely wetlands gone. A forgotten memory of something green and good.

But I needn’t have worried. Not only was the place still there, but clearly there have been great efforts to enhance the area for wildlife. There was an area with no public access, a bird hide and a sculpture of a heron.

I was thrilled to see that this beautiful place had been embraced and was clearly cared about!

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#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Nesting House Martins

Today I enjoyed watching the House Martins that nest in my village. Some were building their nests, while others I saw flying to-and-fro!

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#30DaysWild – Day 25 – I went for a stroll at lunch time!

Having eaten my lunch I decided I wanted to enjoy the lovely sunshine. Taking my stroll I had the chance to see I wasn’t the only one appreciating the glorious weather!

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#30DaysWild – Day 17 – Swifts

UK Swift Awareness Week started yesterday, a week dedicated to these amazing summer visitors that are rapidly declining in numbers. I had noticed their absence this year, having only spotted 2 in the past month, flying high above my village.

I spent a large part of my day on a hunt for Swifts. I saw lots of House Martins, some Swallows too, I even saw a Hobby from my car window. But not a single Swift. I came home feeling rather sad at the fact I had not spotted my bounty.

Needing milk for my consolation cuppa, I headed out to the shop. It was getting late, but to my utter delight, I spotted a single Swift in amongst House Martins. All displaying their incredible aerobatic flying skills!

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#30DaysWild – Day 16 – Bradgate Park, Leicester

This weekend was Bradgate Park’s Wildlife Weekend, I attended last year and had a fantastic time so I thought I would pop by again this year.

The event was bigger than last year, with more stalls and more local groups wanting to share their passion with anyone who showed interest. It was really rather fun and fascinating. I now have a lot of literature to read through too!

I did need a warm up before heading back, so I stopped for a cuppa. I had forgotten my travel mug so I was happy to see that the disposable cup I was given is 100% compostable, I may even use it to grow some micro-greens!

Taking a long walk back to the car park, I took the time to enjoy the beautiful open landscape and the resident wildlife. Seeing the deer that inhabit the park is always a thrill!

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#30DaysWild – Day 15 – Beetles and bikes

Today I went to watch the Women’s Tour of Britiain. You might be wondering what a cycle race has to do with 30 Days Wild, well I decided it was worth the 15 mile cycle through the countryside to see the race pass through my local area.

Not only was it a glorious day to have a cycle anywhere, but the journey was beautiful. There was so many species of birds flying by and singing.

On my way home I stopped for a snack and paused at a lay-by. Sitting on a log I watched bees, beetles and butterflies visiting the flowers that lined the colourful verge. My snack finished, I went to get up, but before I could I felt a sharp pain on my behind. It made me stand up VERY quickly! Looking back I saw a large black ground beetle that had not been there when I had sat down. It quickly scurried back into its wooden crevice in the log. It was then I realised that I had been bitten on the bottom by a beetle! There’s a first time for everything!

It might have been a long ride, but it was worth it. I feel inspired enough to take that ride again!

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#30DaysWild – Day 11 – Roof top car park!

A trip to town meant finding somewhere to park, my favourite place is always the roof top of a multi-storey. It’s where the birds hang out, it is most definitely their domain!

While I munched my midday snack, I watched and admired the feathered beauties. Perched for a quiet moment, high above the busy streets below.

They might be pigeons and gulls and not some exotic rarity, but taking a closer look you have the chance to see that these birds have both elegance and endurance!

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#30DaysWild – Day 10 – Visited my local wild patch

After a lovely day at work, I decided to unwind with a short stroll around my local wild patch. Half an hour of sunshine, warmth and beautiful wildlife. A great way to relax!

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#30DaysWild – Day 7 – Mesmerised by a Sedge Warbler!

First thing this morning, I took a nice stroll into a lovely little nature reserve near where I live. As it was a cool morning so there wasn’t much insect life out and about, but the birds were very lively and full of song!

I stood and watched this lovely Sedge Warbler singing it’s heart out for quite some time. Not only was it mesmerising but it was the best part of my day!

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#30DaysWild – Day 5 – Gardening

My garden is most definitely a wildlife garden.

Lots of colourful, nectar rich plants including wildflowers I’ve grown from seeds.

But I had noticed it was getting more than a little over grown! So today, as it was a little cooler than previous days, I decided to get it a little under control.

The hard work was punctuated by finding some rather lovely bugs! Including a caterpillar gorging its self on a rosebud. All while two male blackbirds kept chasing each other across the garden. I  also found plenty evidence of hedgehogs too, all in the form of scat!

Best moment of the day was when a buzzard flew a few meters over head, followed closely by an angry mob of Jackdaws! Fantastic!

Now it is time for me to sit back and enjoy a cuppa with a good book about ants!

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