30 Days Wild has officially begun! It’s been so exciting to start the challenge and get stuck into random acts of wildness everyday. I’m also thrilled in these 4 days I’ve managed to see a new species I’ve never seen before. So here’s a rundown of what we have got up to so far, with lots of photos to document our every wild step!
For Day 1 we planned to plant our wildflower seeds that we received in the 30 Days Wild pack. We have a couple of bare patches in our garden so we followed the instructions in our pack and then sprinkled our seeds. Hopefully by the end of the month we’ll see them start to grow!
Scrawled on Day 2 of our 30 Days Wild wall chart were the words ‘Climb a tree’. So despite the grey sky we ventured out after work to find a climbable tree in Stamford. It made sense to try the Meadows and here we stumbled upon a multi-trunked ancient willow, the ideal climbing frame. Alex, an expert climber, managed to climb far higher than me but I was content with a tree hug!
Whilst journeying to find the perfect tree we also discovered lots of patches of wildness in the town. We found that even with our goal complete we were inspired to explore more of the local nature, including a stream that branches off from the River Welland. Here’s a few of the things we found.
Despite spending the whole day in central Leicester visiting family, we managed to find some wild to add to our day. We first had lunch in the greenery covered cafe, Salvador Deli, which featured plant pots all over its walls. We noticed beautiful flowers next to the pavement and a crochet covered bollard featuring wild animals! A local shop had a very relevant art print. We then explored Victoria Park, a beautiful green space in the centre of the city covered in veteran trees. It’s great to see city streets surrounded by so much nature. Although we felt the park needed a wildflower meadow!
Today I had my shift volunteering with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust monitoring the osprey family, which naturally was very wild! A fairly quiet shift, the adult ospreys mainly sat with the chicks, occasionally flying off to gather hay and twigs for the nest. The chicks looked quite disappointed when they came back with no food! Some drama did occur when Maya the female dive-bombed some Egyptian geese swimming a tad close to the nest.
We also saw great crested grebes, cormorants, tufted ducks, mallards, coots (and chicks), moorhen, little egret, common terns, swifts, house martins, red kite, reed buntings, swans, Egyptian geese, sedge warbler and water vole. But the highlight for me was seeing the rather special water rail, a bird I’ve never seen before. On arrival we heard its feral screech from amongst the reeds in front of the hide. But it wasn’t until a few hours later that a visitor spotted it slip out the reeds. I glimpsed its elegant frame and red streak beak through my binoculars before it vanished. No time to take a photo unfortunately!
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