Day 15 – 30 Days Wild

Today I visited an Urban Organic Micro Farm, called Rea Spring Gardens – which is a short walk away. It is own and ran by a lovely, enthusiastic couple, Charlie and Ashley, who farm with wildlife and the environment in mind 🌍

In the video below, you get to see what they grow and the animals they keep! 👨🏻‍🌾

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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 13 – 30 Days Wild

I’m going to let the video (below) speak for itself 🙂

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Day 11 – 30 Days Wild

Today I have decided to share a wild moment from my past 🐦 😊

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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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The Annual Rutland Romp!

“The Annual Rutland Romp!” ??  I’m referring to the British Birdwatching Fair, the Birdfair of course! 🙂  Last week was my 5th time at the fair (I’ve been going every year since 2010).  It’s on for 3 days over a weekend in mid August, and has been on every year for more than 25 years!  I love that it’s not just people from all over Britain visiting Rutland Water, but people from all over the world that migrate to England’s smallest county for this annual and eventful occasion too!

Birdfair 2010 - Me and Simon King OBE.
Birdfair 2010 – Me and Simon King OBE

Over the years – despite its name – Birdfair has evolved to not just be about birds and aiding their conservation, but wildlife and conservation overall.  I often refer to it as a wildlife festival before telling people the name of it.  It is an amazing place to meet and be surrounded by like-minded passionate people, and rub shoulders with TV personalities 😉  There are talks from wildlife TV presenters, naturalists, conservationists and filmmakers, as well as authors and photographers too.  I could only do two days of the fair and arrived on Saturday, with my wildlife photographer friend, James Burman – who has taken some stunning pictures.  We camped at Rutland Water Camping, on the lovely Hambleton Peninsula – where we saw Foxes and a Badger 🙂

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Chris Packham’s talk was brilliant – in short; it was about cutting the crap regarding what dangers children might face outdoors, and to let them experience and enjoy nature in all its glory!  Chris featured three young wildlife enthusiasts, who in turn talked about their experiences and passion for nature, and what they have been up to.  I realised they each represented a region of England: Josie Hewitt – The South, Connor Coombes – The North and Georgia Locock – The Midlands.  All of their talks were very good, and insightful 🙂  I’m hoping this is a progressive change, as it’s really nice hearing from a diverse range of people on stage in the Events Marquee.  Connor with his Cumbrian accent and Georgia with her West Midlands accent (similar to my own), I couldn’t help but be moved, it was refreshing and humbling!

In various other marquees you can find hundreds of stands selling and promoting the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts – gadgets and clothing, scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food and eGuides to eco-holidays! 😀  I mainly go to the festival to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and to share it all with them! ❤

This year - Me & James Burman (that's Alex & Gordon looking at the Birdfair programme) :)
Birdfair 2015 – Me & James Burman (Alex & Gordon looking at the Birdfair programme) 🙂

Birdfair 2015 - Christine Hall and Me
Birdfair 2015 – Christine Hall and Me 😀

Since my 2nd time, I have met up with my friend Christine Hall, a great wildlife camerawoman, photographer and conservationist.  It’s possible you’ve seen her video of a Red Squirrel on a previous series of Autumnwatch, it was slipping down a post whilst trying to get peanuts from a bird-feeder, and you may have recently seen her in the Springwatch Unsprung audience 😉

It was really good meeting Yusuf Akhtar, Victoria House and a mixture of AFON and NGB members (to name a few); Alexandra Hoadley, Ryan Clark, Susan Jones, Josie Hewitt, James Common, Georgia Locock, Drew Lyness, Billy Stockwell, Sorrel Lyall, Tom Mason and James O’Neill.  Plus it was really nice catching up with Peter Cooper, Jack Perks, Josh Jaggard and Matt Collis 🙂

Birdfair 2011 - second time meeting Mike Dilger, first time meeting Bill Oddie.
Birdfair 2011 – Mike Dilger, Bill Oddie OBE and Me!

Birdfair 2015 - Me and Kate MacRae
Birdfair 2015 – Me with Kate MacRae

Every year at the Bushnell stand I chat to WildlifeKate quite a lot, we came to realise we’ve never had a photo taken together, so the picture above is the only one ever for now 😛

Birdfair 2015 - Mike Dilger and Me
Birdfair 2015 – Mike Dilger and Me

Mike Dilger and I chat quite a lot too, this year he bumped into me – in the Art Marquee – James and I happened to be getting to know the illustrator of his new book, Darren Woodhead – a wonderful artist.  Mike’s new book is being released next year!

Simon King’s talk this year – as well as hearing about his recent wildlife filmmaking – contained a much needed reminder; a bit more needs to be done to conserve the natural world.  We were made aware that nature is losing places in the dictionary!  Words like Snowdrop are being taken out and replaced with the likes of “selfie” and “blog”.  So I was pleased that towards the end of his talk we were informed about the Simon King Wildlife Project, which is a new charity assisting in the prevention of the degradation of the natural world, globally.  The project intends to safeguard habitats, reclaim land for nature and engage people with wild creatures and wild places, which in turn will help keep the natural world intact! 🙂

Before my entry comes to an end – wildlife I observed around the reserve:

  • Common Sandpiper
  • Greenshank
  • Muntjac Deer
  • Ospreys
  • Hornets
  • Hares
  • Barn Owl

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The Last of #30DaysWild in The Lakes!

This is a well overdue blog post…

If you saw my last entry in June, then you know I spent a week in the amazing Lake District!  This post is for the last 4 days of 30 Days Wild/June.  For those who don’t know – I stayed in a place called Little Langdale with 4 of my friends, who are some of the best people and I’m truly thankful for knowing them 😀  I’m sharing with you iPhone pictures of my wild-and-natural highlights.

Day 27

We looked and ambled around one of our nearest towns, Ambleside – before heading to our home for the week!  It had all the shops we would need 🙂

A part of Ambleside's recreational ground.
A lovely view from Ambleside’s recreation ground. Atmospheric clouds!

I saw my first ever Dipper just down there! On Day 27 of 30 Days Wild! :D
A few minutes before I took this photo, I saw my first ever Dipper down there! 😀 This is the River Rothay.

Of course we visited The Bridge House - National Trust.
Of course we visited the Bridge House – National Trust.

We had to walk up a pathway to get to our Little Langdale cottage, we had our very own tarn and everything! 😀

It was just our wee garden & a field that separated us from Little Langdale Tarn <3
Taken a little way down the pathway, but it was just our wee garden & a field that separated us from Little Langdale Tarn (the lake) ❤

Our cottage! High Hallgarth! <3
Mary, Scott, Nick, Charlotte & our cottage, High Hallgarth! ❤

The view from my bedroom window for the week.
The view from my bedroom window for the week ❤

Taken from our garden area, we were surrounded by hills and mountains.
Taken from our garden area, we were surrounded by hills & mountains.

Day 28

We awoke to a downpour…  Despite the rain we decided to explore and visit our tarn first! 🙂  Later we found out tarn meant something completely different to our friend Mary (the redheaded lass), in Barnsley it means town! 😛

We awoke to rain. Even in a down poor it is fantastic!
Even with unpleasant weather, it is fantastic!  I loved seeing our Tarn each day!

On the way over to our very local lake, we came across a variety of nature.  My friend Scott (the blonde chap) is excellent at spotting small members of the animal kingdom, and allowing me time to document his finds! 🙂

Chimney Sweeper (Moth)
Chimney Sweeper (Moth)

There's only one Orchid in this picture, but everywhere we went, we saw one or fields/meadows brimming with them!
There’s only one Orchid in this picture, but they were everywhere we went, with some fields/meadows brimming with them!  Like the field we passed through on our way to the tarn.

We didn’t quite expect to find our selves in boggy conditions, and couldn’t make it down to the Little Langdale Tarn!  So we decided to change course, move away from the tarn and get our exploration of Little Langdale underway!

We passed through this small pine wood.
We passed through this wood. Charlotte & Scott leading the way 🙂

We were getting closer to a known part of Little Langdale, Slater’s Bridge!  Which relatively, is a short walk from High Hallgarth.

A Common Toad :)
A Common Toad – which was on the path just before the bridge! 🙂

We passed over Slater’s Bridge.

We've passed over Slater Bridge now, this picture is taken looking back at the bridge.
Taken looking back at Slater’s Bridge.

High Hallgarth is the small white spec above the cottage you can make out.
High Hallgarth is the small white spec above the cottage you can just make out.

One could Lichen this to a map ;)
One could Lichen this to a map 😉

We’ve walked a fair distance now 🙂

Taken more or less on the other side of Little Langdale Tarn.
Taken more or less on the other side of Little Langdale Tarn.

Day 29

We’ve walked over Slater’s Bridge again, for another walk! 🙂

Common Bistort
Common Bistort – one of my favourite pictures.

Look what we came across…

We came across a cute wee family!
A cute wee family!

They’re not Cumberland Fell Ponies, but they’ll do 😉

That's it, don't be shy lil' foalie! :)
That’s it don’t be shy lil’ foalie!  …Hey, is that a Fell Pony to the top left? 😉

First stop, Elterwater!

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The view from Elterwater Bridge

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Looking down!

Quite a nice bridge... I'm going to go under it! :)
Quite a nice bridge… I’m going to go under it! 🙂

Under-a-bridge-Selfie!
Under-a-bridge-Selfie!

A bit of the view from the other side.
A bit of the view from the other side.

We’re some way away from Elterwater now, within Great Landgale.  I came across something I knew would interest the others 😉

Ermine Moth Larvae!
Ermine Moth Larvae!

Almost an entire hedgerow was covered. I've seen similar in Frankley :)
Almost an entire hedgerow was covered.  I’ve seen similar in Frankley 🙂

Cocoons!
Cocoons!

Ahaha! I believe they're waiting for me :P ...What a great view ;)
Ahaha! I believe they’re waiting for me 😛  …What a great view 😉

We eventually passed by these hills and later came across a little stream, that I sadly have no pictures of… But below is what Scott found! 😀

A Newt :)
A Newt 🙂

Caddisfly Larvae
I’m holding Caddisfly Larva! Or it’s casing at least…

Later on – on our way back, getting closer to Little Langdale – Scott finds something rather special!

Sundew! A British carnivorous plant! :D
Sundew! British carnivorous flora! 😀

Day 30!

The last day of 30 Days Wild!  We went on a Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour!  My highlights/things I managed to take pictures of:

The tour bus! Kindly modelled by Nick :)
The tour bus!  Kindly modelled by Nick 🙂  Behind Nick is Chris, our jovial Mancunian tour guide and his assistant for the day, Tess. (By the way, that’s not a ghost in the window, that’s a patiently waiting Charlotte) 😉

Beatrix Potter lived down there!
I believe down there is Yew Tree Farm, formerly owned by the brilliant Beatrix Potter!

That's Brothers Water in the distance.
Brothers Water is down there in the distance.

The weather was lovely at Ullswater!
The weather was lovely at Ullswater!

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Ullswater is a great place to go boating.

Derwentwater and the Catbells :)
Derwentwater and the Catbells 🙂

A cruise is part of the tour! 😀

It felt like I was in a scene of film, Jurassic Park for example ;)
It felt almost as if I was in a scene of a film, Jurassic Park for example 😉

Derwentwater is near Keswick.  It was funny feeling like I was in a film and then disembarking to a recently arrived Film Crew!  They were setting up for a remake of Swallows and Amazons, I hear it’s a BBC Films production.

After lunch we went to see a Surprise View 😉

Looking down at Derwentwater (far right)
Looking down at Derwentwater from this spot is called Surprise View!

(Far left) Looking down at Derwentwater.
More of Derwentwater from above.

Ashness Bridge, one of Britain's most photographed bridges :)
Ashness Bridge, one of Britain’s most photographed bridges, just down from Surprise View 🙂

Honister Pass
Honister Pass

Nick admiring the view :)
Nick in awe of Honister Pass 🙂

Buttermere.
Buttermere

And…  that’s all folks!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog 🙂