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#30DaysWild days 22, 23, 24 and 25

Day 22- Some unexpected wildlife

As I was leaving work, I was beginning to think I wasn’t going to have a wild moment, a Red Kite flew overhead. Not something seen there until about 2 months ago. Exciting to see!

Red Kite

 

Then when I got home, I came across this beauty waiting for me on my front door!

Straw Underwing

 

Day 23 – Ox eye daisy

In May I planted an Ox eye daisy plant, today it finally flowered! I took a photo because I clearly wasn’t the only one enjoying the new bloom.

Ox eye diasy

 

Day 24 – Burt

While out and about at work today, one of the very tame resident Robins came to say hello! I call them all Burt – after Burt Ward. If you’re really lucky, they sometimes come and feed from your hand!

Burt the Robin

 

Day 25 – An unusual view of a moth

Today I had the chance to admire a very pretty moth. It had landed on a window, so I was able to not only see the top of the moth but also the underside of it. I think those eyes are amazing!

Mothcc

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#30DaysWild day 17, 18, 19 and 20

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!

Moths

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.

Country lanes

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#30DaysWild day 7 & 8 – a days rest and a day with bugs!

Day 7
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.

Day 8
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.

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Day 26 #30DaysWild

Last day in National Insect Week, so I marked the occasion by watching a Natural World (from 2011) called “Butterflies: A Very British Obsession”. Though a few years old, it was wonderful and eccentrically British!

Day 26

Headed out to the shops but was delayed as when I stepped outside I came across this stunning female Ghost Moth! I was really rather taken with this beauty!

Continuing the Lepidoptera theme, I decided to get a little arty and paint a picture of butterfly! I haven’t finished it yet so I shall share a photo of it tomorrow.

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My New Neighbourhood: Part 2

One beautiful sunny day I decided to explore my direct local area. Investigate footpaths, local lanes, and wheat fields. What was meant to be a little wander did end up being a very long walk! It was worth it, I got to see and photograph some wonderful wildlife.


Wheatfield!A bug on oats!Common DarterMoth

Hoverfly in flowerPeacock ButterflyBuff-tailed Bumblebee

CommaSmall SkipperMeadow BrownSmall Tortoiseshell

GrasshopperDamselflyDragonfly

Lots of wheat!

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My New Neighbourhood: Part 1

I’ve had a rather an exciting summer, moving to a new home 65 miles across the country! I now live in the Market Bosworth area and it’s a lovely place to live.
I have hedgehogs visiting my front garden, at least 5 different individual hogs come to munch on the bowls of mealworms that I leave out for them. I’m guessing they come from the beautiful allotments just down the road from me.

Local AllotmentsI’ve also got colony of sparrows and a flock of starlings visiting the bird feeders in my front garden. It’s wonderful to watch, but I do end up refilling the feeders every day!
In a hunt to find a top up bird seeds for those hungry birds, I found a lovely garden centre. In the warm sun, I balanced eating an ice cream with photographing these lovely butterflies!

Small TortoiseshellRed AdmiralOn my way home from work one night I got a surprise, I came across a gathering of traction engines. So I had to stop and admired the incredible machines!

Traction Engine WheelTraction EngineI had a bit of fun another evening, watched the Leicester Morrismen. A pint and a dance, a great evening!

Morris DancersMorris Dancers

The most random of moments happened a few weeks ago. When I opened the door to put out the hedgehog food, a large buzzing beastie flew over my head. Turned out to be a Large Elephant Hawk-moth. A most welcome and colourful house guest!

Large Elephant Hawk-mothLarge Elephant Hawk-mothMy last photo for this blog is a rather stunning sunset taken on my way home from work one evening. I couldn’t resist stopping to admire these fiery streaks of colours.
Sunset over Market Bosworth

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My 30 Days Wild: Part 3

Here is the last 10 days of my 30 Days Wild!

Day 21 – Who knew that an old dry log would be so interesting!

The life you can find on an old log!

Day 22 – Today I spent time watching a Goldfinch investigating the bark of a tree!

Goldfinch

Day 23 – Popped by my local Kestrel nest … I’m not sure who was watching who today!

Kestrel nest

Day 24 – I was given the choice between doing the books or counting the bugs!

Counting Bugs!

Day 25 – Stuck in traffic? I decided to do a long distance plant survey! I counted 19 different species between two junctions!

Counting plants along the motorway!

Day 26 – Today I rescued a bee from the office, two beetles from the classrooms and a bush cricket from butterfly house!

Beetle rescue

Day 27 – Paused to admire this beautiful fungus growing at the base of dead tree!

Fungus

Day 28 – Today I enjoyed blue skies, green fields and wild views along the Severn Valley Railway!

Views from the Severn Valley Railway

Day 29 – I got to enjoy the flutterings of these stunning Scarlet Tigers!

Scarlet Tiger

Day 30 – On the last wild day of June, I found this old tractor being reclaimed by the wild!

Recliamed by the wild!

I have really enjoyed doing 30 Days Wild. Being with the wild is something I naturally do every day, so I will be staying wild! I hope that you all will be too!

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My 30 Days Wild: Part 1

For those of you who follow my Twitter, you’ll know that I am taking part in the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild. It is something I do naturally every day, so I thought it would be good to join in the fun!

At first I thought that I would do a little blog for every day of June, but as the 1st June approached I realised that not only I was in for an extremely busy June, but I could also be without easy access to the internet for a few days. My solution, tweet when I can and make a three part blog!

So here is the first 10 days of my 30 Days Wild!

Day 1 – I had a rather busy day dashing all over the place, but I still took some time out to watch some Rooks, Crows, Magpies and Jackdaws! CrowDay 2 – My colleague found and gave me this caterpillar! So I spent my lunchtime with the caterpillar and my Moth ID book … which I think is a Scalloped Hazel!

Scalloped Hazel Caterpillar

Day 3 – Today I carried out wildlife surveys in the Nature Reserve at work!

Wildlife Surveys and Blue Butterflies

Day 4 – This Holly Blue beauty was waiting by my backdoor to welcome me home!

Holly Blue

Day 5 – I left the office door open so I could hear the Swallows chatter all day long!

Swallow

Day 6 – Today has been full of the next generation of birds!

Rooks, Coots and Geese

Day 7 – I rescued this beauty from a busy pavement!

Black Slip Wasp

Day 8 – I made a new habitat for these gorgeous Lesser Stag Beetles!

Lesser Stag Beetle

Day 9 – I found some urban wildlife to watch and photograph!

Urban Wildlife

Day 10 – Today I talked about, thought about and admired wild flowers! They filled the road verges, covered meadows and brightened up my garden!

Wild flowers

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My 2014 in wildlife photographs: Part 1 – Butterflies & Moths, and other Bugs!

For one reason or another I haven’t had the opportunity to blog much this year. I still made sure that I seized every opportunity to photograph wildlife in all its beauty and glory!

I decided to have a look over my photos from 2014 today, I was reminded of some of the most incredible animals I had witnessed over the last 12 months. I thought I would put together a blog, which quickly became the 2 blogs that I am posting today and tomorrow!

Part 1 – Butterflies & Moth, and other Bugs!

Part 2 – Birds and Mammals

I’ve chosen 12 of my photographs of butterflies & moths from 2014, one for each month of the year!

Scarlet Tiger MothSmall Skipper

 

 

 

Meadow BrownFemale Vapour Moth

 

 

 

 

Common BlueComma and fly

 

 

 

 

Small WhiteSmall Tortoiseshell

 

 

 

Red Admiral

Six-Spot Burnet

Green Vein White

Peacock

 

The other Bugs!

This year I have encountered some truly intriguing and beautiful bugs, all sizes, shapes and colours! Such a rich diversity, picking out only 12 photographs of these incredible and essential creatures was rather difficult. Here, after much pondering, are 12 of my photographs of bugs I found 2014.

Fungus WeevilCrab Spider

 

 

 

Chafer BeetleBee!

 

 

 

 

Honeybee

Wood AntWasp beetle

 

 

 

 

Vine WeevilSpider and prey

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny-little bee at Kinver EdgeLonghorn Beetle at Knapp and Papermill

 

 

 

 

 

Banded Damselfly

Which leaves me with only one last thing to do this New Years Eve, and that to wish you all a wonderful New Year!

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