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


30 Days Wild – Summary & Stay Wild – Visit to a Lavender Field & Woodland

I can’t believe June went so quickly, and in particular my 30 Days Wild. I’ll be honest, I found it a bit of a chore to start with to think of different ideas and fit something wild in every day. I wanted to do something different every day so I didn’t get into the routine of doing the same thing each day. I’ve been really busy recently, so it has certainly been a challenge but I’m very proud to say I did it! I did all 30 days! 
After the first week I thought it wouldn’t make me feel any different by the end of it, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. I definitely feel happier and more wild and I notice wildlife more than I used to (if that’s even possible!). If I’m walking down the road and hear a bird call I always try to identify it, not always successfully!
Even though 30 Days Wild is over, I definitely intend to Stay Wild – starting with today! 
Today I went to a lavender field and nearby woodland with my family. It was so simple but such a fun day out – walking in the shade of the trees, on the mud walkway. And the lavender field smelt amazing! Not all of the lavender was out yet, but it was still very impressive. I would recommend anyone goes to visit one; they’ll be good to visit until September. I even bought a lavender plant from the shop as my lavender seeds failed to grow. The bees seem to love lavender – that’s next on my list; make sure we always have bee-friendly flowers around.