#GardeningForNature

Many of us have experienced a heightened love for our gardens, wildlife and green space this year. Ajay Tegala and Adam O’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.

“During lockdown, lots of my friends and relatives were sending me pictures and stories of their gardens and their local wildlife,”

says Ajay.

“It was clear how much local green spaces and nature were benefitting so many people”.

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.

“It 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 mind”.

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.

“It was a labour of love, sharing our gardens and local wildlife over the internet.”

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 7pm 

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

Warmest regards,
#GardeningForNature x

Day 27 – 30 Days Wild

Was chilling out in the garden, when I heard a Blackbird singing close & loud, it then got closer – so I filmed it 😆

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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! 😍 🦇

Maybe I will try again tomorrow with the House Sparrows 🤷🏻‍♂️

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October: Amazing Autumn

Made in October 2011 [VIDEOS], three great things to look out for this month:  acorn crazy Jays, Rutting Fallow Deer & fun looking Fungi!

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Apologies for the inaccuracies in the Fungi video; pronunciation of hallucinogenic and apparently you can eat  Amethyst Deceivers – but it is better to be safe than sorry!  (No matter how good a recipe sounds!)  😆

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Wildlife in June

As I mentioned in my last blog post – a few years ago I made a series of short videos which were featured on the Reader’s Digest Magazine website, entitled Wildlife Monthly.  

Each video is around a minute or more, detailing flora and fauna (mainly fauna) for you to look out for; below I have included one video from my June 2012 edition and three from my 2011 June edition – each with a coastal theme.

2011

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Wildlife in May

A few years ago I made a series of short videos which were featured on the Reader’s Digest Magazine website, entitled Wildlife Monthly.  

Each month I produced 3 videos around a minute or more, detailing flora and fauna (mainly fauna) for you to look out for; be it in your garden, local park / reserve or further afield.

Below I have included the videos from my May edition(s).

2012

2011
(apologies for the dodgy voice-overs)

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Day 3 – 30 Days Wild

Nature Highlights at Minsmere

03/06/16

Hello 😊

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For day three, I caught up on Springwatch and UNSPRUNG episodes that I’ve missed, plus I’ve put together a short video of my highlights at RSPB Minsmere (below) featuring:  

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Otter
  • Nightingale (Song)
  • Chaffinches
  • Sand Martins
  • Stone-Curlew
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Avocet
  • Redshank
  • Black-Headed Gull Chicks

Enjoy!

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Day 2 – 30 Days Wild

“Explore somewhere wild” 

02/06/16

I travelled near enough 4 hours from the West Midlands to Suffolk, so I could visit RSPB Minsmere, and also be in the BBC Springwatch Unsprung audience!  Some of you will know, it’s a reserve right on the East Coast of England!  And is a host to a variety of habits, wildlife and of course, BBC Springwatch!  😃  I came over on the Wednesday night and stayed in near by Leiston, at the  Field End Guest House.TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_02

I often wax-lyrical (to friends and family) about reserves that have a variety of habitats, I absolutely love them, because they are so enriching to explore and will be home to many different species of wildlife, which is fantastic to observe and have encounters with.

RSPB Minsmere certainly deserves it’s national recognition!  I will definitely be visiting again in the near future!  I arrived on the reserve at 10.30AM.

 

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I was very happy to be there!

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I love a good Log Pile and what an amazing extensive one this is!
Top Nature of the Day:

 

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That’s the Bittern Hide in the distance

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said Orchid

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Observing the Stone-Curlew (in the distance)

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Sand Martin colony

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Sea Thrift
At 5.00PM it was time to load the car up and get ready for Springwatch UNSPRUNG!

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Cueing up for Unsprung with Gary

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Waiting to be let into the Studio! 

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To see me on UNSPRUNG click here!
 

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First LIVE Studio Interview

I should hopefully be making a series of short videos very soon, for Big Centre TV.  The series will be entitled Wild West (Midlands) and it will showcase the greenspaces, wildlife and naturalists that are in and around the West Midlands.

To introduce me to their audience they asked me to come in on the 24th for a live studio interview, to discuss what families in the West Midlands can get up to this Easter Holiday, surveys and seasonal wildlife.

This is my first ever live studio interview:

Thanks.  😅

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Day 8 – 30 Days Wild

A Tale of Discovery

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Yesterday was a very long day…  The Beach Clean only lasted two minutes, but there was the early start, the traveling and finding somewhere with WiFi (the connection was awfully slow) not far from the beach – so I could finish yesterday’s blog and do a blog for that day – to share what I had done before the journey back home.  Getting to grips with my friend Gary’s video editing software and waiting for the video to upload to YouTube was very time consuming.  We both got home very late!

More positively; this morning I caught up on Countryfile!  Which funnily enough was in Somerset for yesterday’s episode!  I decided in the afternoon I would venture a little into the South Birmingham/North Worcestershire countryside (which I grew up next door to) 🙂  I came across three discoveries, one more exciting than the other!

1. An old brick bridge that is part of a Public Footpath – which leads from suburban greenspace into the countryside – has been cleared underneath, revealing it fully and making it a lot more accessible to walk under.  The tree lined path that leads away below the bridge had been tidied as well!

Fly tipping removed
Fly tipping removed

Trees cut back etc
Trees cut back etc

Princess Diana Way
Princess Diana Way

2. Two flights of steps have been created/installed!  On either side of Princess Diana Way – a short walk down from the bridge.  You walk up into a meadow (unfortunately not pictured below) with the Farmer’s field going round it.

Easy access
Easy access

Country Park Chic
Country Park Chic

I followed the steps leading up the other side, to pass over the old bridge and come back on myself – to follow another Public Footpath which leads you deaper into the countryside, through an underpass to the other side of the M5 Motorway.  I took a few snaps before that.

Field of Wheat with Lower Hill Farm in the distance
Field of Wheat with Lower Hill Farm in the distance

Top of the bridge with facing away from the farm
On the bridge facing away from the farm

On the bridge facing the farm
On the bridge facing the farm

3. I’m a fair distance away from the bridge now on the other side of the M5, I’ve just had a brief explore of Doctor’s Coppice and have come back into the meadow I’ve just walked across.  The pictures and captions below will end the tale 😉

Said meadow, full of Buttercups
Said meadow, full of Buttercups

Something's hiding in the middle...
Something’s hiding in the middle…

It's a Roe Doe!
It’s a Roe Doe!

Gracefully prances to the coppice
Gracefully prances to the coppice

Impression of where she lay
Impression of where she lay

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