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#30DaysWild – Day 28 – Seed paper and my hand painted plant pot

I have finally completed my plant for the plant pot I bought earlier in the month. I hand painted it with a sunset and animals that emerge at dusk.


I planted the seed paper that was sent in the 30 Days Wild pack. I am rather excited to find out what will sprout, I will just have to be patient!

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#30DaysWild – Day 6 – My friend’s garden and lots of happy bees!

Today I went to visiting a friend. She is a passionate gardener and it shows, her garden is beautiful, so full of colour and life.

After a cup of tea and a catch up, we stepped out into the stunning summer garden. There were so many bees, butterflies and bugs! There was one plant in particular that caught my eye – Buxton’s blue geranium. It was covered in 4 different species of bees! There were honey bees as well as carder bees, red-tailed bumblebees and buff-tailed bumblebees!

But it wasn’t just bees, there were mullein moth caterpillars, lots of wolf spiders carrying their silken egg sacks, a holly blue butterfly and a cinnabar.

The whole time we were serenaded by a very loud blackbird!

With great company, the warmth of the sun, some beautiful bird song and watching some lovely bugs … it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

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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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#30DayWild – Day 4 – Visiting a garden centre

Today I popped to the garden centre. I took some time to admire the nectar rich flowers. As the weather was rather cool, there wasn’t much insect life, but I enjoyed imagining the flowers being covered in hungry butterflies and bees when the sun comes back out.

I bought a terracotta plant pot while I was there, and I am going to paint my new pot. I have a plan for it, but that’s for another day.

Day 4

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#30DaysWild day 16 – An early morning visitor!

My wild moment today happened very early on, 3:30am in fact. Waking up and needing a glass of water, I headed down stairs. A quick nosey out into the garden lead me to find a hedgehog scoffing the food left out for it. I normally step away at this point but as a one off I quickly took a single photo, lit by the light of the screen of my mobile phone. I then let the hungry hog be.

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#30DaysWild day 12, 13 & 14 – rhinos, sparrows and socks

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:

Website: http://www.rhinopridefoundation.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinopridefoundation/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhinopridefndn

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!

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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!!!

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#30DaysWild day 3 – A potter around the garden

Today my 30 Days Wild was a simple one, but a pleasurable one.

I topped up the bird feeders for the sparrows, dunnocks, starlings, blackbirds and jackdaws.

Watered the wildflowers I’d planted for the bees and butterflies. I also cut back the creeping buttercup to make sure that it doesn’t take over.

I added water to the shallow pool for the resident toad.

Finally, I prepared the food for the hedgehogs, who loyally (but grumpily) visit my garden every night.

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My photograph from October!

In early October I was very happy to see one of my favourite species of butterfly out and about, the Small Copper.

I found this little beauty enjoying some flowers in my friend’s garden.

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Click to see my previous month’s photo here.

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Day 12 #30DaysWild

A bit of wildlife gardening was in order today. I did my daily topping up the birds feeders and hedgehog food.

I also re-potted my sunflowers into bigger pots! I’m having a little friendly competition with my mate to see who can grow the tallest sunflowers!

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I think my little wild flower meadow I sowed in May is doing rather well too!

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