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My photograph of the month for July

Here is my photograph for July,  a female Beautiful Demoiselle seen in my local nature reserve.

Beautiful Demoiselle

You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.

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My photograph of the month for May and June

Here are my photos for May and June. It’s a little late but June has been quite a busy month for many reasons!

May

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!

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June

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!

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You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.

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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!

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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.

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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 10 & 11

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.

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#30DaysWild day 9 – Lichens

Today I decided to have a closer look at some Lichen. It’s not something I normally pay much attention to, but I will in future. Those weird and wonderful structures that adorn stone walls and wooden fences are really rather fascinating!

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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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#30DaysWild day 6 – a wild moment at work!

Today’s mission was to carry out some wildlife surveys for work in the beautiful nature reserve we have on site.

A blustery wet day didn’t dampen my spirits as the lush greens and bright colours of the wild flowers glistened in the rain. The birds were out too – bullfinches, whitethroats and reed buntings sang merrily away.

There’s no place I’d rather be.

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#30DaysWild day 5 – Burbage Common

On the way back from the supermarket, I decided to pop to my favourite wild patch – Burbage Common.

I love it there, it’s always full of bird life … except this time. It was quiet, too quiet. I stood looking up and down the small road that leads to the car park wondering what had happened, when a Sparrowhawk swept across the road.

A few short minutes later, the birds began to sing again knowing the danger of a predator had passed. The first bird to pop down into sight was beautiful Jay. Wood pigeons appeared and then 3 Crows few by, a cheeky Robin and a foraging Chaffinch where next. A hungry squirrel appeared and spent some time munching through a pile of mealworms that had been left out for the wildlife.

Definitely worth the detour!

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#30DaysWild day 4 – Green leaves and a red beetle

Stood in a little woody patch at work today, I found myself looking at the species of trees around me. The more I looked the more I saw, what on the surface looked like mainly scots pine and dogwood, had 11 different species!

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While looking at all those green leaves, a little splash of red caught my eye. A Red-Headed Cardinal Beetle was crawling round the under growth before spreading its wings to find new ground.

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