Category Archives: British Nature

National Meadows Day

In honour of National Meadows Day, I visited my favourite meadow at golden hour. It is beautiful place anytime of the day, but the light this evening made the wild flowers shine!

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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!

Day 30

 

#30DaysWild – Day 29 – I went crepuscular!

Stepping out at dusk, I took a walk through farmer’s fields. As I admired the warm colours of the darkening skies I was spotted by a group of lambs. Their curious nature lead them to come up to me to take a closer look, and for a time I was completely surrounded! It didn’t take them long to lose interest and charge back towards their bale of hay.

Continuing my walk, I passed though a church yard. Digging out my bat detector, I was able to listen to the bats forage among the trees. The aerobatic flight of bats never cease to mesmerise me!

Returning home I had my last crepuscular moment for the evening, a lovely little hedgehog!

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#30DaysWild – Day 27 – Life aquatic


Today I took a closer look at the life in, on and around water. I saw plenty of life, but nothing was more impressive than the stunningly colourful male sticklebacks I spotted making their nests.

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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 24 – Bug hunting

With it being the last day of National Insect Week, today I went on a bug hunt!

Taking a stroll around farmer’s field, I saw an amazing array of insects. A wonderfully relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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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!

Day 15

 

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 14 – Grass ID

So I have to say that knowing my grass species is not one of my strengths! I thought that today I would have a bit of a practice. I wandered round my local patch and picked a sample of every species I passed. I collected 9 species, and when I got home, I dug out my grass IDs to figure out what I had found.

Bit of challenge but I hope I’ve done OK!

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#30DaysWilds – Day 13 – Tiny frogs and colourful close-ups

Today I thought I’d take a closer look at some of nature’s beauty. All that detail and colour. My only challenge was photographing it in the wind!

Best moment was when a small movement on the surface of some damp ground grabbed my attention. I thought it was a beetle, then I saw some more movement. I inspected the area more closely and saw that the tiny creatures were juvenile frogs! They shone like gems in the sunlight! Utterly delightful!

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