Get ready for 30 Days Wild!

It’s almost that tune of year again! I’ve just signed up for 30 Days Wild, run by the Wildlife Trusts. In case you don’t know, it involves doing a random act of wildness (something with nature) each day in June.

Get involved here.

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Snow! And Wildlife on TV.

Starting with wildlife close to home – With all the snow around, I made sure to fill up our bird feeders and remove the soggy seeds tonight so they have food to eat. The birds need to eat more in the cold weather so make sure you put some food out if you can. 

Tonight I watched ‘Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild’ on channel 5. It was really interesting – I recommend it. It was fast-moving between the different wildlife so it kept my interest. I made a note of some of the most interesting stories because it was refreshing to learn something new:

  1. Dippers are very territorial and many generations will use the same nest.
  2. The UK is home to half of the worlds bluebells. Nowhere else in Europe are there bluebell fields like ours.
  3. Red Kites feed on the afterbirth of lambs being born. 
  4. Wood ants fix their nest with pine needles they find on the forest floor. They scavenge fish scraps (fish scales) from nearby Osprey nests.
  5. Mink were brought in in the 1930s for the fur trade, but some escaped. They eat water voles near Loch Lomond. However, the mink were removed by humans, who then reintroduced 1000 water voles, so the water voles are now thriving. 

New house, new bird feeders!

Bird feeders in the gardenI moved house recently, so instead of having a window feeder like we had in the flat, I now I space for a proper bird feeding station! My parents bought us a bird feeding station and some squirrel buster bird feeders as a moving in present. 
My boyfriend put up the feeding station a couple of days ago, and today I finally filled it up with seeds!
I put a mixture out because I’m not sure what birds we have in the area yet. I’ve seen two blue tits, a wren and a coal tit, as well as bigger birds like crows, magpies and pigeons. It’s the small birds that I get excited about. In the flat our regular visitor was Mr Chaffinch, sometimes accompanied by Mrs Chaffinch. He used to sit in the window feeder for ages, having a feast and then just letting the world go by.
In the feeders I have used (left to right):

  • Suet sticks with meal worms
  • Peanuts and fat ball
  • Wild bird mix
  • Sunflower hearts
  • Finch seeds

And of course a dish of water. I can’t wait to see what visitors we get!

Days 29-30 – Wear Something Wild & Kingfisher Sighting – 30 Days Wild


Day 29 – Wear Something Wild

Today I wore a shirt that has resulted in many compliments when wearing it. It has ladybirds over it, and I think it’s fabulous.


Day 30 – Kingfisher Sighting

This was totally unexpected. I was eating my lunch next to the pond (pictured) near where I work, and out flew a brightly coloured kingfisher with a small fish in its beak! I could clearly see the flashes of blue on its back and orange-red on its front as it whizzed past. I have always wanted to see a wild kingfisher and now I have! I was more than delighted!

Days 27-28 – Wild Webcam & Garden Award Entry – 30 Days Wild

Day 27 – Watch a wild webcam

My webcam of choice was to watch the baby barn owls from the Blue House Farm nature reserve of Essex Wildlife Trust. (Image credited to them). The chicks are getting bigger and fluffier!
Day 28 – Garden Award Entry
I entered our balcony into the Surrey Wildlife Trust Garden Awards. It asks which features of food, water, shelter and management are available in your garden/nature area. If anything, check out the checklist to see how you can add features for wildlife.

Days 22-24 – Plastic Footprint, Moth ID, Squirrel Crime, Poem – 30 Days Wild

Day 22 – Plastic Footprint

I’ve been wanting to fill this out for a while; I finally did it. The Plastic Calculator by Greenpeace calculates how many items of plastic you use in a year. Mine came to 440. Not sure how good or bad that is, but I do use a re-filable drinks bottle, and tupperware when I can. Everyone must have plastic on the fruit and veg they buy, so that isn’t really avoidable!

Day 23 – Moth ID

We get a lot of moths in the flat, so I have been keeping a log of them. I have no idea what type of moth any of them are, but some are freakin’ cool; I like the furry white one. Here they are:



Day 24 – Squirrel Crime

My boyfriend told me about being witness to a squirrel murder – by two crows! He heard a squirrel scream in the tree outside, so looked out the window and saw said squirrel lying on its back on the ground. Two crows were in the tree and later were pecking at the squirrel and tried to move it, unsuccessfully. Who knows what really happened – squirrel murder mystery. 

Day 25 – Pen a Poem

I’m a bit rusty at writing poems, but here goes:

30 Days to go wild,

Most of the days have been mild.

A few have been very hot,

Keeping wild – I gave it a shot.

It’s exciting to see,

The wildlife in front of me,

Unexpectantly.

To my surprise, 

Looking through wild eyes,

I am now friends with our regular seed shop visitor,

Mr Chaffinch is inquisitive.

Mrs Chaffinch is more flighty,

They visit us, same time, nightly.

I actually mean during the day,

They look into our eyes as if to say,

“Thanks, friend, for providing lunch,

We like you both very much.”