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.”

Day 21 – Nower Wood – 30 Days Wild

This evening I visited Nower Wood, which is a Surrey Wildlife Trust educational nature reserve.

The site is full of nature! It’s such a great setting to learn from – I learnt a lot. Nower Wood is home to some flora and fauna I am not used to seeing often, so it was lovely to see some new things.

Here are some of the highlights:

Beautiful carved wood entrance
Carved wood butterflies
Carved wood owl
Smaller pond, resident to pond skaters, water boatmen and newts
Bat box, complete with ladder and bat motif
Large pond, resident to fish and baby frogs that were jumping around in the grass nearby
Tree with fungi growing on it
A natural maze – all it needs it a growth spurt!
Dragonfly totem pole
More wooden carvings

Day 20 – Badger Sighting – 30 Days Wild

On a nighttime stroll around my local area, I saw a badger! For only the second time ever! It was standing on the pavement about 20 metres away. It stood and looked at us, and then trotted across the road. Luckily no cars were around. I could hear it’s claws pattering on the ground as it ran; it sounded like a dog walking on a wooden floor. 

Day 19 – Bringing the Outside In – 30 Days Wild

This beautiful rose has made its way from my parents’ garden to my vase. It smells lovely, and I can’t wait for the other two buds to bloom too. 

I had to transport the flower in 30 degree heat, so to stop it drying out, my mum and I came up with a clever idea – put the stem in a food bag partly filled with water. And to stop it falling over, the food bag was placed inside an empty yoghurt pot. It worked a treat.

Days 16-18 – Sunrise, Garden BBQ, Sun Prints – 30 Days Wild

Day 16 – Sunrise

Sunrise was at 4.22am. I happened to wake up in the night, so I thought I’d watch the sun rise – perfect timing. And it looked remarkably similar to sunset the previous night. 

Day 17 – Garden BBQ

The weather was so nice, so we had a family BBQ in the garden. It was nice that it was warm enough to sit outside and not feel cold. I took a moment to listen to the sounds – the water running in the pond, the various birds calling nearby, a bug flying right past my ear. One bug I had not seen before was the one in the photo below. It was a bit bigger than a blue bottle, and had a longer wing span than one too. It made a loud buzz when it flew around the window.

Day 18 – Sun Prints 

Firstly, while I was getting everything ready in the garden, I saw a hummingbird hawk moth for the first time! I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was so cool! I ran to grab my camera, but it had gone by the time I got back. 
To create sun prints, I used some Nature Print Paper. I gathered some items from the garden, such  as petals, leaves and grass, then placed them on the light sensitive paper. Once exposed to the sunlight for long enough, I soaked the paper in water to develop the image. Here are my results. The parts that worked the best were the dead wasp (at the bottom-middle of the bottom-right print) and a tri-leaf (top-right print, middle-right leaf).

The top-left print was the last one I did, and I think it got damp from grass dew, hence the colour is not as dark. Also the sun was low in the sky, which meant large shadows were created on the paper. Next time I will do them at midday to have the best result.