30 Days Wild – Day 29 – Small Mammal Footprint Tunnel

I made a footprint tunnel for 30 Days Wild last year but never got around to putting it outside. It has managed to survive for a whole year without being damaged or thrown away, so I thought it was about time to use it! 

  

I’ll list at the end how I made it, but first for the good part – placing it outside! I soaked the sponge cloth with the food dye and placed it carefully into the middle of the tunnel, followed by the milk bottle top filled with mealworms. I carefully placed the tunnel under some shrubbery and covered it with leaves to camouflage it. I’m not sure if I was supposed to weigh it down with twigs and rocks but there were none around. It did cross my mind that an animal could drag it away but I took my chances. I was excited to finally place it outside.

  

I checked on it this morning and sadly all that was in there was a couple of woodlice and no footprints. The dried mealworm were all still in there too. It is a bit disappointing, as I have seen rats around here so I know there are definitely creatures around. Tonight I will change the location of it and see if that makes a difference. Maybe I should have used something with more of an odour like cat food.

Here’s the materials I used to make it:

  • 3 empty juice cartons
  • Paper
  • Sellotape
  • Butter lid
  • Sponge cloth
  • Food colouring
  • Milk bottle top
  • Food for ‘bait’

I started by cutting the ends off of the juice cartons and taping them together. I lined one of the inside faces with plain paper, then trimmed the butter lid a little so it fitted down the tunnel. I then cut the sponge cloth to fit inside the butter lid. And there you have it! 

30 Days Wild – Day 28 – Wild Drawings

I was bought a pack of felt tips a little while ago and I hadn’t had a chance to use them yet. Tonight I cracked them out to draw some of my favourite wildlife creatures.

  
I have been meaning to draw for a while so it was good to finally get around to it. It was actually more fun than I thought it was going to be. The more you practice, the better you get. I definitely think my drawings get better further down the page.

30 Days Wild – Day 27 – Urban Exploring with the Brownies

Today we took the Brownies outside to explore the local urban area. This was towards the Urban paw print badge, as a part of the Growing Up Wild scheme that Girlguiding has put together to encourage leaders, like me, to take the girls outside more often to appreciate the great outdoors. The Brownies were very excited when they found out they were going outside!

 
We took the Brownies into town and played Kim’s Game at a shop front of a charity shop. This involves trying to memorise the items in the window, then we walked around the corner and did a quiz in their Sixes. They loved it! We then walked further along, over a grassy hill and past a few trees. When we got back to our usual meeting place, the Brownies had to draw a map of the route we had taken, from memory, including any nature they had spotted on the way. Below is my favourite map they drew, and even includes the grassy area too.

  

30 Days Wild – Day 26 – Wildlife Count & Baby Birds

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I have watched the wildlife from my window for months now and have never made a note of what I actually see. So today I spent 20 minutes, whilst eating my breakfast, to make a note of the wildlife that came to visit. Here goes:

  • Carrion Crow
  • Squirrel
  • Rat
  • Noisy Blackbird
  • 2 small brown birds that were too fast to identify
  • Sparrow
  • Flying overhead: Swift

 

Nowhere near as much as the wildlife that visits my parents’ garden. I also visited my parents’ house again and got to see an adult starling with two young starlings visit the feeders, and also a blue tit adult with two young blue tits. I really enjoy watching the birds visit – there is always something going on in the garden to watch. One juvenile blue tit was furiously vibrating its wings to get the adult’s attention. I managed to take a photo just at the right moment to catch the adult feeding the juvenile – amazing!

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30 Days Wild – Day 25 – Minibeast Hunting

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A visit to my parents’ house meant I could watch the birds feasting in the garden as there are a few different bird feeders there. There are so many varieties of bird that visit, it’s great to see. However, today wasn’t about birds. Today was about insects. I went in search of insects in amongst the greenery. I came across:

  • A bee looking for nectar in the Foxgloves
  • A spider in an impressive web
  • A snail sleeping under a leaf
  • A ladybird larvae
  • A small bug – not sure what it is
  • An ant going for a walk

30 Days Wild – Day 24 – Cloud Watching & Bat Sighting

I walked into town on my lunch break, which I hadn’t done before so that was a good adventure to start with. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the small amount of clouds there were looked white and fluffy – my favourite type of cloud, cumulonimbus. I love the bright blue colour of the sky on a sunny day.

  
I went for an evening walk with my other half too, and the sky was still looking beautiful. The sunset was an impressive orange-red and I hadn’t seen it such a bold colour for a while so I had to take a picture.
  

During our evening walk we came across a friendly beetle that landed on my other half’s sleeve as if it was hugging his arm. And best of all, we saw a bat flying around the street lights. I got a little bit excited as I haven’t seen a bat for ages either. Overall, a good, wild day.

30 Days Wild – Day 23 – Wild Playlist

I love listening to music, so today I put together a list of some songs that have wildlife mentioned in the song name or artist name. This list probably says a lot about my taste in music, but here we are. If you only listen to one of them on Spotify, then make it no. 27. You’ll see what I mean.

1. Wildcat – Ratatat

2. Butterfly – Crazy Town
3. Africa – Toto

4. Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm

5. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers

6. The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

7. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Reading

8. Earth Song – Michael Jackson

9. The English Summer – The Wombats

10. Cocoon – Catfish & The Bottlemen

11. The View From The Afternoon – Arctic Monkeys

12. Animals – Nickelback

13. Animal – Neon Trees

14. I Found Out – The Pigeon Detectives

15. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

16. Sunrise – Black Stone Cherry

17. Joker And The Thief – Wolfmother

18. Tick Tick Boom – The Hives

19. Mountain At My Gates – Foals

20. Cash Cow – We Are Scientists

21. Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg

22. Party in a Forest [Where’s Laura] – The Wombats

23. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

24. Always Summer – Yellowcard

25. Piranha – The Prodigy

26. Tarantula – Pendulum

27. The Duck Song – Bryant Oden