Here is my photograph for July, a female Beautiful Demoiselle seen in my local nature reserve.
You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.
Here are my photos for May and June. It’s a little late but June has been quite a busy month for many reasons!
On a short walk round my local patch, I found this lovely looking beetle resting on a fence. I was quite taken with it so it had to be my photo for May!
Some of you who have followed my 30 Days Wild will have already seen this photo but you have to admit it was a rather lovely sight to see. A cygnet resting on its mother’s back!
You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.
After a few busy days, I’m playing catch up with my 30 Days Wild blog.
Day 17 – Bradgate Park, Wildlife Weekend
I knew Saturday was going to be a good ‘wild’ day when I heard my first cuckoo of the year right at the very beginning.
I managed to get myself to Bradgate Park again. This time to help out on the stand for my local bat group who were attending the park’s Wild Weekend. There were lots of other wildlife organisations there and I enjoyed having a little nosey at their stands too.
The last few hours of the day I spent walking through the park and despite the blistering heat, the wildlife was really active in the summer sun.
Day 18 – A little Leafcutter Bee
While being given a lift I had an encounter with a lovely little Leafcutter Bee. It came through the window as the car was moving at a little speed. It landed in my lap stunned, so I held it in my hands for a few minutes as it gained its bearings. As we slowed for a junction the wee mite found its wings and was back out through the open window into the world!
Day 19 – Moths
Today I found some rather beautiful moths in places you wouldn’t normally look!
Day 20 – A country drive
While driving through the countryside my friend and I stopped to enjoy the grand oaks that lined the narrow lanes. The gentle breeze was a cool welcome sensation on the skin. A simple moment of peace and serenity.
Day 12 – Rhinos
For my wild day 12, I attended a fantastic talk about rhinos and the conservation efforts being made to protect them from poaching in South Africa.
Doctor Jana Pretorius gave the lecture and spoke passionately about rhinos as a species and the individuals that she had encountered and cared for.
It was emotional and inspiring! If you want to see the work that she and her foundation do, you can find them here:
Day 13 – Sparrows
Day 13 was my last day at work before a long weekend. I must admit to having been rather tired before my short break, so I am glad that this was the day where the ‘wild’ came to me and my friends. As we had lunch, a little sparrow came to investigate what we were up to. Very sweet!
Day 14 – Socks!
This was a time to relax and chill. I thought some gardening would be a good idea, so I popped outside to get some of the overgrowth a little under control. I got to watch the ants and bees go about their business all the way up till I nearly cut the top of my finger off with secateurs!
I was never one for being green fingered!
In honour of “Pull your socks up for wildlife” my friend Bex and I put our favourite wildlife socks on. Turns out we both loves bees!
And one final but important note, Happy Birthday Bex!!!
Day 10 – Starlings
A blustery day at work ended with a few magical moments watching a small group of Starlings, all foraging in a windswept patch of grass.
Day 11 – Beetles, bees & blooms
Today I took the opportunity to appreciated beetles and bees revel in the nectar and pollen provided by beautiful wildflowers.
I was feeling under the weather, so going outside was a bad plan. My day 7 was spent under the duvet with Springwatch Live running in the back ground of my snoozing.
Despite the inclement weather, I’ve managed to have quite a wild day.
I have found some bugs in some unlikely places! A Woodlouse making it home on my friends desk, a Lesser Stag Beetle in the kitchen and finally a White Ermine in the toilets at work!
The bugs got returned to the green outdoors. I managed to film the Lesser Stag Beetle take her first steps in her new home.
I also made a trip down to the nature reserve at work again, I watched a Buzzard being mobbed by 3 Jackdaws. I spotted my first Speckledwood of the year and had the brief opportunity to admire a view of a female Scorpionfly.
Choosing this month’s photograph was a tough one! All the new life has exploded everywhere!
Flowers, birds and insects have been brought forth by the promise of the sun’s warmth. I have spent a lot of time admiring the gorgeous yellow glows of dandelions that have filled the local grass verges. Bringing colour for us and much needed pollen and nectar to our early insect risers! I have seen many bees like this one, revelling in the pollen provisions of these precious golden blooms.
You can have a peek at my photograph from last month here.
A few days late but here is my photograph from August.
The Dragonflies have been out on force these last few weeks and they have been looking stunning! I have had many glorious afternoons both watching and photographing these beauties. I took so many photos that I had a real struggle picking this month’s photo. I’m thankful to my friend came to my aid and said that I should share this photo, it is their favourite for this month!
Click to see my previous month’s photo here.
I take part in the Big Butterfly Count every year. It’s great fun to do and I would encourage anyone to do it!
Though I’ve now been in the Market Bosworth area for a year now, this is the first opportunity do the Big Count here.
As always, I enjoyed my count. The chosen place was my local patch, it is so full of life! In the 15 minutes of doing the survey, not only did I see 9 different species of butterfly, but I also saw Dragonflies, Damselflies, Bees, Snails, Birds and, Black and Yellow Longhorn beetle. I even had a frog jump over my foot!
If you want to take part, you can find out more at The Big Butterfly Count website here.