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Birdfair 2019

The Bird Fair has been something that I have wanted to attend for many, many years. There has always been one reason or another that has meant I couldn’t go. But, 2019 was my year! I was able to enjoy both Saturday and Sunday at the huge conservation event held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Believe me when I say I could not have been more excited and the whole experience did not disappoint! A week later I am still buzzing with enthusiasm. I would recommend it to anyone who loves wildlife and conservation.

Firstly, I got to meet my wildlife hero, Chris Packham … I was shaking for hours after that, amazing!

I saw Nick Baker and Bill Oddie talk about The World Land Trust at the Saturday evening event. I am big fans of their work so it was a honour to see them enthuse.

I also attended a few daytime events, a fascinating talk about the wildcat reintroduction project, the inspiring Bird Photographer of the Year and, best of all, ‘Inheriting the Earth: Next Generation’; an uplifting panel of eloquent young people with a huge amount of knowledge and interest, campaigning for the natural world.

Throughout the two days I investigated all the stalls in the marquees, soaking up any and all information I could get my hands on. More than a few pin badges were bought! I also enjoyed a few samples of beer! My library has been added to (again)!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the process of a goldfinch being ringed at the BTO ringing demonstration tent. I have a whole new appreciation of goldfinches and I can’t help but smile every time I see one now!

So now it is time for me to sit back and relax with all my new reading material, I will leave you with a few photos of my first (but not last) Birdfair.

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#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 29 – Oak tree of life

I stopped today to admire the grandeur of an old oak tree, yet it was the little tiny lives being lived on the bark that got my full attention.

The whole trunk was alive, from the ants heaving their heavy prey to their nest, to the ladybird larvae wandering cross the cracks in the bark and the weavil who eyed me with care as I took its portrait. It was a marvel!

I was only with the tree 10 minutes but I was blown away by the diversity of life that was supported by the bark of the tree trunk. So much more life in the branches and leaves above that I can only imagine!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 23 – Macro photos on a mobile phone

My mobile isn’t exactly the smartest of phones, and the camera is far from DSLR quality in terms of photos. However, I was given a little gadget at Christmas that has been rather fun to play with, and that’s a clip-on mobile macro lens. The amount of detail that shows through is amazing.

So today I decided to get a little closer to nature and took my phone and clip-on lens out into the wild. These are some of the photos I managed to take.

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#30DaysWild – Day 20 – Appreciating the wild world

Today I was able to spend some peaceful time appreciating the wild world around me. I got to listen to the birds sing, admire some beautiful bugs and adore the colourful splendour of wildflowers!

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#30DaysWild – Day 17 – A day of bugs

A warmer day with a break in the rain was just what we all needed. It was indeed all it took for the bugs to come out and about! Here are just a few I saw today!

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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!

Day 6

 

 

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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!

Day 5

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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 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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