Day 16 – 30 Days Wild

Enthuse About Nature

16/06/16

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I was at the Birmingham N.E.C yesterday and today – as a member of Press – to report on BBC Gardenersโ€™ World Live (but my focus was on the wild side of it).

I interviewed a number of interesting people (the interviews haven’t all been edited together yet) and in the video below, I have taken a selection of clips from the interviews; showing gardeners – from all walks of life – enthusing about nature:

Thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ’š

Day 15 – 30 Days Wild

“Write a wild poem”

15/06/16

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The weather has been inclement again, and I was off to the N.E.C later as a member of Press, to report on BBC Gardeners’ World Live.  So I opted to write a wild poem; I was happy there was a break in between showers, because I was able to get out into my partner’s garden to recite my poem

Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 14 – 30 Days Wild

“Tweet for the wild” 

14/06/16

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Today I tweeted a link to the video below – which I made last year – about my favourite local patch and why it matters to me:

The poem I mentioned in the video:  Ode to a Secret River

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Day 13 – 30 Days Wild

“Dance in a downpour” 

13/06/16

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To the exact day; like last year – I danced in the rain!  This time, I changed the lyrics to a popular song to accompany this particular Act of Wildness. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ˜…

Day 12 – 30 Days Wild

“Follow a bumblebee” 

12/06/16

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After work, I decided to go for a nice stroll with a colleague and friend, Sophie.  We sauntered around the semi-rural outskirts of Northfield Town Centre (in South Birmingham).

Before we got to the location Sophie had in mind, literally just a few yards from where we work, we noticed beside the path (there is a grass verge) was a patch of Bird’s-foot-Trefoil.  I informed Sophie it is also know as Eggs and Bacon.  We saw some bees buzzing around it, so we observed and followed them from flower to flower.

I took a short video:

Thanks. ๐Ÿ

Day 11 – 30 Days Wild

Join a wild group

11/06/16

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_11Today I chose to join a wild group – it isn’t in the list of Acts of Wildness (which I thought it was), but then again I do like to come up with my own activities.

The group I joined is called A Focus On Natureย – in short – the group is an organisation that brings young wildlife lovers (aged 16-30 years old) together, thus creating a network for young naturalists. ย They organise all kinds of events (from social to educational) and offer career support.

It was about time I joined really – I am a relatively young ecologist and wildlife filmmaker etc!

I wonder what I’ll do tomorrow…

Thanks! โ˜บ๏ธ

Day 10 – 30 Days Wild

“Watch a wild webcam”ย 

10/06/16

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_10Today I was at work 9AM-5PM, so I needed another easy Random Act of Wildness, so I arrived at work with enough time to get breakfast and watch the Springwatch Webcam(s) in the staff canteen.

After I was done watching, I left the channel on, so somebody would find a live-stream of wildlife at work, and would maybe watch, enjoy and become a fan of Springwatch/become more interested in nature, if they’re not already! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After a while, the chicks started emerging from their hidey-hole

Thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Day 9 – 30 Days Wild

“Wear a flower behind your ear”

09/06/16

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_09Today I helped out at Cranesbill Nursery – it’s a lovely company that sells Hardy Geraniums.ย  ‘Cranesbill’ is the common name for a Hardy Geranium, and there were plenty of Bees buzzing around them today. Many of the varieties on the nursery are in flower at the moment, and they are fantastic for creatingย  that rich micro-climate for wildlife in your garden. The plants are very diverse – they come from all over the world – so the good thing about them is that you can literally find one for every part of the garden, and because they come from a variety of climates, by mixing them up within your borders, you can ensure that you have flowers from very early in the growing year, until late Autumn, therefore providing a food source for wildlife for a very long period.ย  So naturally I put a flower behind my ear. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Me with a Himalayense behind my ear.

The nursery is located on a farm – just on the edge of South Staffordshire – where I observed Swallows, Skylarks, House Sparrows, baby Rabbits, Moths and Butterflies (as well as the Bees).

Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 8 – 30 Days Wild

Some Good News

08/06/16

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See video:

More info:  The course is ran by B’ham Metropolitan College at the Botanical Gardens – the course involves; boundary habitat conservation, ecological surveys and techniques, ecology of trees, woods and forests, game management and environmental studies.

Thankyou. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Day 7 – 30 Days Wild

Wildlife Gardening

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07/06/16

I thought it would be a good idea to combine a 30 Days Wild activity, with the BBC’s Do Something Great campaign!  My parents needed some Broom planting, so I used this opportunity to my advantage – for a quick video:

Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚