#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

House Sparrows Trail CAM

Last night I popped my Trail CAM in one of the trees at the bottom of the garden. Below is what it managed to capture this morning ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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 29 – 30 Days Wild

The weather has been similar to yesterday, so I got cosy and added colour to the drawing I did yesterday.

Adding colour ๐ŸŽจ
The finished piece ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ

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Day 28 – 30 Days Wild

The weather has been very temperamental here, windy & raining, with sunny spells. So after pottering in the garden, I did some drawing ๐Ÿ™‚

My niece really likes Turtles (Marine / Sea ones, not the species which Americans call Tortoises). My sister asked me to draw her one โ˜บ๏ธ

I like to take pictures at different stages, to see / show my progression ๐Ÿ˜Š
Just need to add colour now ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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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 ๐Ÿ˜†

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Day 25 + 26 – 30 Days Wild

My new toy arrived, a 4K video-recording 20MP photo-taking Trail CAM! ๐Ÿ’–

Late in the afternoon I set it up in our new Wildlife Corner of the garden.

This morning I reviewed the footage that was recorded from yesterday afternoon, the evening & from this morning. I am over the moon with what the Trail CAM managed to capture! ๐Ÿ’š

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Day 24 – 30 Days Wild

My kitchen was overran with Flying Ants & the non-flying ones ๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿœ It was like a plague! I am not kidding.

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So of course I had to document it. It was somewhat nightmarish! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

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Day 23 – 30 Days Wild

I am delighted & amazed at what I am discovering in the garden lately. Today I was pottering about & I could hear a munching / crunching sound coming from the gate.

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At first I thought it may have been a Wasp, but I couldn’t see it. Then after looking the gate up & down I noticed a wee Bee in a crevice! ๐Ÿ

A Fork-tailed Flower Bee (Anthophora furcata).

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