A Greener Childhood

. . .I remember more countryside, more greenspaces, more woodland, more birdsong, more sightings of wildlife, such as rabbits, foxes and badgers.

Sunny days. Less pollution, less superficial ideas and materialism.

Fun was exploring and adventures outdoors; the new park, or going to a country park – for the first time.

Everyone cared about nature, everyone wanted to see it, talk about it.

The environment is for all ages, all stages of life.

I remember a greener childhood. . .

#GardeningForNature

Many of us have experienced a heightened love for our gardens, wildlife and green space this year. Ajay Tegala and Adam Oโ€™Hare are two such people, both passionate about encouraging nature. Wildlife Presenter & Countryside Ranger, Ajay is based in Cambridgeshire and Communicator & Filmmaker, Adam is based in Birmingham.

Together they made the mini-series of videos entitled Gardening for Nature, sharing what they have been doing to encourage wildlife into their gardens, along with contributions from other like-minded people (such as Joshua Styles); also enthusiastic about providing homes for nature alongside our own.

โ€œDuring lockdown, lots of my friends and relatives were sending me pictures and stories of their gardens and their local wildlife,โ€

says Ajay.

“It was clear how much local green spaces and nature were benefitting so many peopleโ€.

At the same time, Adam was also making short films in his garden 100 miles away.

They decided to put together a series of three short videos [5 to 6 minutes each] about what simple steps you can take to encourage nature to come closer to our doorsteps, and how rewarding it can be.

โ€œIt was quite unique that we were based in completely different parts of the country, but had similar approaches to managing our gardens with nature very much in mindโ€.

Adam visited a micro-farm near his Birmingham home. He also teamed up with plant enthusiast and internet sensation, Joshua Styles – via video call – to identify some of the plants growing near his home.

โ€œIt was a labour of love, sharing our gardens and local wildlife over the internet.โ€

Now, you too can see their passion for wildlife and how they have attracted wildlife into their gardens!

Part 1 went online Monday 14th September (at 7pm) 

Part 2 goes live online Wednesday 16th September at 7pmย 

Part 3 goes live / online Friday 18th September at 7pm

Warmest regards,
#GardeningForNature x

Day 30 – 30 Days Wild

There we have it, 30 Days Wild! Today is the last day of Random Acts of Wildness ๐Ÿฅณ So I am looking back over the past 29 days, and in this post I am sharing my highlights ๐Ÿ’š

My first drawing in 15 years!

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Day 22 – 30 Days Wild

It’s the beginning of National Insect Week, so there was only one thing for it! Get out & film (video below) some cool Insects!

#30DaysWild

I was happy to find some obliging Butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹

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Day 17 – 30 Days Wild

Went for a walk around my local Wood and Green-belt today, when I was out a storm rolled in ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Rather than head home, I decided to stay out a bit, to listen to the rain & thunder whilst outside โ›ˆ๏ธ

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Day 14 – 30 Days Wild

This morning I unsure what to do, thankfully a friend reminded me that I’m passionate about Green-belt & suggested I make a video (below) regarding its benefits.

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Day 11 – 30 Days Wild

Today I have decided to share a wild moment from my past ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Day 8 – 30 Days Wild

Today I tried to get better footage of the House Sparrows sand-bathing, but had technical issues with my camera & not quite getting the right angle.

So I decided to watch some live webcams online & settled on the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project website! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿฆ‡

Maybe I will try again tomorrow with the House Sparrows ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Day 4 – 30 Days Wild

On Monday, whilst walking passed some Foxgloves with my Mom up the Waseley Hills Country Park, I remembered that we had some seeds at the back of one of the kitchen cupboards ๐Ÿ˜‰

Digitalis purpurea – Waseley Hills Country Park
Today that’s exactly what I did! ๐Ÿ’ฎ

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