Category Archives: My Wild Life

#30DaysWild – highlights from 2019

Here are my highlights from #30DaysWild 2019. Moving house, while working full time and joining in with 30 Days Wild wasn’t easy, but it was very worth it!

One of the best things I have done all month is putting up the bird feeder in my new home. It didn’t take long for the birds to find it! I now have regular visits from Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows. I also have Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons hovering up the dropped crumbs. Winding down from a day at work, I now find myself sitting with my cuppa and watching my new feathered friends!

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#30DaysWild – Day 24 – Practicing my tree ID!

Today I thought I would practice my tree ID. I went out to my local park and photographed the leaves of as many species of tree I could find. Not wanting to pick the leaves, I used the inside of my note book to make sure I got a clear photo of each leaf. It was good exercise the little grey cells!Hawthorn

 

 

 

Field maple

Blackthorn

Rowan

Dogwood

Hazel

Ash

Dog rose

 

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 19 – Life (and death) among the buttercups

While wandering through a meadow I spotted a cluster of buttercups. I stopped to take a closer look and found a microcosm of life among the petals, with each flower having its own story to tell.

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#30DaysWild – Day 16 – Bradgate Park wild weekend

As it was Bradgate Park’s Wild Weekend, I thought I would pop along and see what was going on. I have been the last few years and have really enjoyed myself and this year was not an exception. The stands of all the wildlife and conservation organisations were all very interesting, the people manning them were clearly all very passionate. I will look forward to next year’s event!

The walk to and from the event was full of wildlife – cheeky jackdaws, fuzzy little ducklings, pollen covered bees, noisy grasshoppers and of course the park’s resident deer.

A thoroughly pleasant day and a very welcome break from the rain!

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#30DaysWild – Day 14 – Admiring colourful wildflowers

Stepping out between rain showers, I went in search of a little colour in the form of wildflowers. I found plenty to admire and here are a few I wanted to share with you.

Pinks, purples and bluesBlues and whitesWhites and yellows

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 10 – Birds of Prey

In the gap between rain showers, I was lucky enough to spot and watch both a hovering Kestrel and a Buzzard being mobbed by a group of Crows, in the space of just 5 minutes!

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#30DaysWild – Day 9 – Reading while listening to the rain

I have spent quite a bit of time out in the rain, so it was nice to relax in the warmth of home. I curled up to the catch up with the last 2 months of BBC Wildlife magazine while listening to the unseasonal weather against the window.

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#30DaysWild – Day 7 – Leaf boat

In the middle of the day, amid the pouring rain, I found a leaf as big as my hand! I decided I needed to get creative. Finding some tiny twigs, I stitch each end of the leaf together. I had made a boat!

Locating a puddle deep enough, I was able to test my construction. It was a simple moment and rather pleasing one!

I didn’t have anything to test the boat capabilities, so I’m not sure if it could take passengers. But that’s a minor detail for the next boat I create.

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#30DaysWild – Day 4 – Beetles

Today I stepped out with my camera and took a wonder around the fields near my old house. Bit of treat even in the cloudy weather. Turns out to be the perfect day for beetles! Here are a few of them I found on my walk.

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#30DaysWild – Day 1 – New home

I have been very excited about 30 Days Wild. Even though I am out and about most of the time, enjoying the wildlife and world around me 30 Days Wild just makes me think a little harder about what I do every day.

This year is going to be a slight challenge as I am in the middle of moving house. Internet is going to become a little bit hard to come by. But if I don’t manage to blog each day, I will catch up as soon as I can!

So here’s the important bit, what I did for the 1st day of 2019’s 30 Days Wild … I put a bird feeder up in my new home!

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I don’t have a garden, so a window one will have to do. I shall be excited to find out who will visit. I hope to update you when I do!

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