When I signed up to #30dayswild, I didn’t expect June to be so wet or so busy. I’ve probably been out and about nature less this month than I normally do. Despite that, I’ve been looking for nature as much as I can, wherever I can and that’s what I’m taking from this month. Regardless, I’ve been able to see some gorgeous and amazing things over the last few days. Here’s a little snapshot.
I love how nature always helps put things in perspective. When the whole world looks like it’s falling apart, a walk with Poppydog, using all my senses to seek out nature, really helps. Which is good, seeing as we’re really making a mess of everything at the moment. I just hope that we wise up, sort it out and make sure we don’t damage our planet any more in the process.
Between taking part in #30dayswild and watching Springwatch, it has been all about nature here at Crafty Chai towers. We’ve been obsessed with the starlings on the bird feeder in the garden, watching fish in the Thames, counting bees at every chance we get and tried to catch glimpses of bats at sunset.
That being said, this week has been crazy. With a few early dog walks before work, late nights thanks to book group and watching John Grant (with a special appearance from Kylie!) at the Albert Hall, there hasn’t been much time for getting wild. However, I’ve still been watching and managed to see lots of red kites circling above the M40 and little bunnies at the roundabout joining the A34. I’ve also managed to photograph these little beauties:
Even as I walk about school, I try to keep my eyes peeled to the nature around me. Wagtails bobbing about after lunch, huge raindrops during thunderstorms causing lots of squealing in the classroom next door and basking in sunshine as I walked between buildings. The weather has been really weird in the last few days. I’ve never known there to be so many thunderstorms so close together. Am really hopeful that the weather next week will be more settled, if for no other reason than to help the bees and the butterflies!
Between watching Springwatch and taking part in 30 Days Wild, I am all about nature right now! Whether I’m driving to work, walking Poppydog or washing up and looking out at the garden, I’m busy spotting birds, bees and wildlife. I know that it’s all around, but sometimes it takes something like 30 Days Wild to remind me of this.
Have you been watching Springwatch? This week was really brutal, with three out of the four remaining great tits being fed by their adoptive blue tit mother, being eaten by a jay and a stoat climbing a tree to kill all of the chicks in a woodpecker nest. I have to admit, I did cry at that. It was one nest attack too many. Don’t mistake this for naivety. I know the jay and stoat have lots of mouths to feed. That is nature. It just puts into perspective, for me, the way humans impact on nature, whether it’s through what we eat, where we build our homes or how we consume this planet. Watching the stone curlew getting drenched night after night last week was truly heartbreaking and the thought that our actions can make the lives of these little but vital creatures worse make me feel sick to my stomach. I really hope that we as a species stop looking at money as the most important thing ever, but at our home and act accordingly.
There’s something about getting out and about in nature that really makes me happy and content. Whether it’s standing in the garden watching a bat fly about in the evening or seeing a spoonbill for the very first time at a nature reserve, it’s an easy reminder of the awesomeness around us and a great stress reliever. It’s so easy to caught up in every day life and forget the amazing natural world that’s around us, whether you’re heading out into the countryside for a ramble or simply walking into town alongside a hedge. I’m a firm believer in the power of nature as a stress reliever too. As soon as I’m out walking Poppy, whether it’s about town or out into the wilds of Oxfordshire, I can instantly feel myself feeling happier.
This is why I’m supporting The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild throughout the month of June. The whole point of it is that for 30 days, you get reacquainted with nature, in whatever way you can, whether it’s watching a bee collecting pollen from a flower in your garden or heading out on a coastal walk & try your hand a bit of bird watching. Once you start exploring nature, you start to be more aware of it around you all the time, rather than something you choose to go and visit. You also become more aware of your impact on nature and what you can do to give it a helping hand.
You can sign up to 30 Days Wild here and get your hands on one of their packs to help you do something wild everyday for a month. You can also get inspiration from their app, which you can download here. If you’re in or near Oxford, you can get involved in the Oxford Festival of Nature or head out on the Wildlife Trail, something which I’m definitely going to be doing. You can also follow some of the bloggers who have signed up, including moi. Find out who has got involved here. Make sure you follow the #30dayswild hashtag on most social media platforms to see what amazing random acts of nature people are getting involved in. I’ll be posting about on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram as well as documenting the wildest of my days here.