We are doing 30 Days Wild, making a conscious effort to engage with wildlife and the natural world every day in June. Here’s our first update, from the first 10 days.
1 June: Read a wildlife gardening book from the library and discussed making a pond
2 June: Went out in the garden at nightfall to look at the rising full moon and Saturn through binoculars (Saturn appears as a gold blob – but still exciting to know it’s there!). There was also a newly fledged blackbird in the salad tank this afternoon.
3 June: Watched urban peregrines during lunch break: could see the wings of the chicks as they exercised from within the nest platform
4 June: There were an amazing amount of bees in the garden. We tried taking photos but they were too quick for us so we just enjoyed the sounds of their buzzing.
5 June: Lucy ate her breakfast outdoors next to a pond with a moorhen and chicks.
6 June: Although we enjoyed UK wildlife today of course, the highlight was visiting a wildlife park with loose small monkeys! Lucy got to stroke the tail of a tamarind as it scampered past – very soft!
7 June: A morning in the woods where we admired this cardinal beetle on cow parsley. Then an evening walk where we saw a glossy red fox running with a young rabbit in it’s mouth.
8 June: Put garden clippings all along the back of the garden where we keep a long strip of habitat piles. Once it got dark we went out to listen for hedgehogs. There were lots of interesting noises, and a few bats flying around, but we haven’t seen hedgehogs for a couple of years. We’re not giving up hope though.
9 June: Scattered leftover native cornflower seeds near the roadside coming home from work.
10 June: We had an unexpectedly close wildlife encounter: a fledgling blackbird (probably the one in the picture below) came into the house and got into a panic, and had to be gently escorted back outside by Brian! Then we had an evening walk alongside farm fields, and heard a tawny owl – our first in the village for several years, but we would probably hear them more often if we had more evening walks.
Immersing ourselves in the natural world so much lately has been brilliant and makes our lives better every day. It also means we spend more time thinking and talking about ways that we can help wildlife: creating a pond, putting up nest boxes for sparrows and planting more wild food sources are some of the ideas we might be writing more about soon!