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.
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