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National Meadows Day

In honour of National Meadows Day, I visited my favourite meadow at golden hour. It is beautiful place anytime of the day, but the light this evening made the wild flowers shine!

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My #30DaysWild in 30 photographs!

I would normally pick out one of my photos to blog for the month, but as it was 30DaysWild I decided to share 30 photos that summed up my June!

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#30DaysWild – Day 19 – National Insect Week, Beetles

Continuing an insect theme for National Insect Week, I went on a bug hunt today. I examined the long grass, inspected bramble bushes and peered into hedgerows that line the farmer’s fields where I walked.

My search was not in vain! I was lucky enough to find 2 longhorn beetles in less than a square foot. I found a few other stunning beetle species along the way.

Such a broad spectrum of colours, sizes and shapes, I never tire of admiring beetles. There’s no such thing as “just a beetle”!

Day 19

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#30DaysWild – Day 16 – Bradgate Park, Leicester

This weekend was Bradgate Park’s Wildlife Weekend, I attended last year and had a fantastic time so I thought I would pop by again this year.

The event was bigger than last year, with more stalls and more local groups wanting to share their passion with anyone who showed interest. It was really rather fun and fascinating. I now have a lot of literature to read through too!

I did need a warm up before heading back, so I stopped for a cuppa. I had forgotten my travel mug so I was happy to see that the disposable cup I was given is 100% compostable, I may even use it to grow some micro-greens!

Taking a long walk back to the car park, I took the time to enjoy the beautiful open landscape and the resident wildlife. Seeing the deer that inhabit the park is always a thrill!

Day 16

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#30DaysWilds – Day 13 – Tiny frogs and colourful close-ups

Today I thought I’d take a closer look at some of nature’s beauty. All that detail and colour. My only challenge was photographing it in the wind!

Best moment was when a small movement on the surface of some damp ground grabbed my attention. I thought it was a beetle, then I saw some more movement. I inspected the area more closely and saw that the tiny creatures were juvenile frogs! They shone like gems in the sunlight! Utterly delightful!

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#30DaysWild – Day 12 – Watched a spider spin its web!

I stepped out at golden hour to find my wild moment, a little late in the day but you never know what you might see.

As the rich sunlight shone across a lovely meadow, a spider caught my eye. Moving back and forth with careful precision I realised it was spinning its web. I stayed and watched as the sun got lower in the sky and the strands of silk went from gold to silver. It looked like hard work for the little arachnid, but the end result was beautiful to see!

Day 12

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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 3 – A trip to the supermarket!

I wasn’t feeling very adventurous today, but I did need to get some supplies. A trip to the supermarket was in order and maybe I’ll find somewhere green to visit along the way.

Parking up I noticed a magpie and a jay perched up in the trees surrounding the car park. As I got out the car I saw two jackdaws were on the ground nearby searching for scraps.

Walking to the shop, I passed a flowering bush covered with bees. Pausing to admire the busy little pollinators, I heard the iconic ‘witter-wit, witter-wit’ of a goldfinch high up on the tree next to me. That made me smile, I had found the ‘wild’ on a routine visit to the supermarket!

But the wild didn’t stop there! On leaving the shop I saw house sparrows, a pied wagtail, tiny ants toing-and-froing across the pavement, a speedy little wolf spider making a dash across my path, a brightly coloured hoverfly visiting some rogue daisies and most surprising of all, a bee fly!

I never imagined that a simple trip to the supermarket would turn into such a wildlife safari!

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My photographs for April and May

So I am a little late with my post for April, so here it is alongside May’s!

April
I took this photo while sat enjoying bees in a lovely flower meadow.

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May
This little Pied Wagtail was busy foraging for little bugs when I snapped this photograph.

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My photographs for February and March

Happy Easter everyone! Here are my photographs for February and March … better late than never!

February

It was all a bit last minute but I had a trip down to Worcester last month, a lovely day full of urban wildlife!

It had been a long time since I last visited, and it was lovely to see all the wildlife in my old favourite wild patches in the city. I was pretty taken with the sight of a tree along the river bank that was a roost for 10 cormorants! This is my favourite photo I took of the resting birds.

I hope to have the time to write a blog about my urban wild outing to Worcester very soon.

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March

Spring has made a few attempts to show its face this year, and on one of those glorious sunny days I took myself and my camera out to enjoy the sunshine. I wasn’t the only one enjoying the warmth, this handsome blackbird was also making the most of the short lived good weather!

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