30 Days Wild

For the third year running I’m doing 30 Days Wild.  This is an initiative of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts to get people doing something related to wildlife, ecology, and/or conservation every day in June.

30 Days Wild in lockdown?

The 2020 30 Days Wild will be odd because we may or may not still be on lockdown.  That’s the sort of lockdown we have here in England: nobody’s really sure what it means anymore and half the experts disagree with the Government’s plans to let/make school reopen.  Things are getting anarchic.

There are definitely two sorts of people in England.  The ones who want to have a safe, liveable world and get on with our neighbours, and those who go out and trash the countryside at the earliest possible opportunity. It’s very depressing, especially when you’re looking at things through a screen, and therefore getting the media’s biased perspective on things. In an effort to balance out my brain, I took an ARC of a new book called Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman, which was offered on Net-galley last week.  When I first saw it, I thought it looked a bit heavy. But lots of the early reviews found it uplifting, so I’m hoping it will help my current state of mind.

2020 30 Days Wild is part of that

Paying attention to the countryside and wildlife around us is recommended as an antidote to stress and mental health. I’m lucky enough to have a wood within walking distance, and a garden with plenty of wildlife opportunities.

So expect me to report during June on my activities, observations and lucky encounters.

Lady’s Smock wildflowers in my boggy patch in April

Some of the ideas may sound repetitive, but I have a new house and garden to do them in, so new experiences all round!

  • make an insect hotel
  • plant wildflowers (I have some on order for my boggy patch)
  • explore the night garden (even if the Big Wild Sleepout was the weekend before last!)
  • finish making the clay bird I did last year at Cley NWT*
  • visit an HIWWT* reserve if they are open
  • visit an RSPB reserve, ditto
  • do a bee survey using the BTO guide
  • do a worm count

and there’ll be plenty more ideas, I’m sure

  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
2020 30 Days Wild starts Monday #30DaysWild
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5 thoughts on “2020 30 Days Wild starts Monday #30DaysWild

    • 28 May, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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      I’ve had lots of interesting things this week… maybe that’ll take up any slack!

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  • 28 May, 2020 at 12:14 pm
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    What wonderful ideas. Getting out into my garden certainly has helped me; I hope it does the same thing for you. BTW, I usually keep an eye on the Loch of the Lowe’s Osprey webcam during this time of year, but since the nest is empty this year, I’m watching the osprey-cam you linked to a few blog-posts ago. Thanks.

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