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 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 19 – 30 Days Wild

Yet another wet dayโ€ฆ I was looking out of the window & saw a reasonably large Black Slug, that’s when I got the idea for todays video (below) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 6 – 30 Days Wild

Today’s Random Act of Wildness is inspired by BBC Springwatch, they have been doing a Mindfulness Moment on the show.

So I decided when I was out on my walk around Bourlay Wood, I would get some footage, to make into my own short mindfulness video (See below).

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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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Day 2 – 30 Days Wild

Whilst hanging out the washing today, I spotted a Spider that I don’t think I have seen before. It was green with orange legs & black stripes.

You can’t really make out the green body, but hoping somebody can still ID it for me?

Also, in the early evening, I decided to do a drawing, my best mate suggested this particular species ๐Ÿ’š

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Penned Wildlife

For a while I have been meaning to do some drawing or painting, as I haven’t since High School (about 15 years ago).

So yesterday (29/05/2020) I decided I would draw one of my favourite birds of prey, which I completed today (30/05/2020)…

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Review: Get Your Boots On

Last year (2019) a cool and vibrant book became available to purchase from your favourite bookstore and for your Ebook devices, written by an inspirational social media friend and fellow naturalist, Alex White! Published by Dived Up.

First off, what I really like is how colourful and cleverly graphically designed it is. Alex’s pictures are great and used superbly throughout the publication. Each page grabs your attention; what is said / written and each animal featured is captioned / labelled with its scientific name.

The tone of the book is encouraging, it balances out negativity and positivity. It is realistic, well humoured and in no way are you patronised or made to feel bad. As Chris Packham says, it’s heartening.

It is packed full of tips and hints. There is a brilliant quote on page 20 and on page 41 Alex details a magical encounter. I must admit; I found it hard to put this book down, it’s a real page turner.

Wildlife on your doorstep, locally and further afield is promoted, plus it covers what to see each month (bang in the middle of the book) and discusses Social Media, Local Groups and Clubs, which is really good.

Throughout there are contributions from familiar faces, people on Social Media, TV, Radio and in Magazines. In the section entitled Next Generation, I have a few pages detailing my career path (page 130-132).

Alex’s writing style is engaging, insightful, honest and down to earth. Get Your Boots On is excellent! โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

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AFON Guest Blog: Here’s to a green 2017!

(My post for A Focus On Nature)

For 2017, what I would like is Nature Conservation to be taken more seriously by Councils and the Government.  They need to properly see it as a Universal Problem.  It is not an issue only for a certain class system, region, gender, sexuality, age or level of education โ€“ we all share this country, and caring for nature and our natural environment is everybodyโ€™s responsibility.  Hopefully Planet Earth II was a wake up call for those that work for a Town / City Council or as an MP who have not signed the Greener UK pledge.
I also hope it has encouraged people to support their local nature conservation charities.

Hearing about woodland / greenbelt being decimated for housing developments (or HS2) angers me โ€“ it is disgusting and very ill considered, as there are plenty of derelict buildings and brownfield sites that should be used instead!  Urbanisation is not progression, itโ€™s alienation.  There is less crime in places with woodland / greenbelt and it reduces stress in people of all ages.  They are great for escapism, as theyโ€™re somewhere to walk your dog or get fresh air alone or with your partner or friend(s).  Such places boost childrenโ€™s will to learn and they are often more imaginative and creative โ€“ itโ€™s somewhere for these children to explore and find wildlife too!  It also improves house sales โ€“ people want to live near areas surrounded by greenery, because, letโ€™s face it, it is pleasant!  Trees, hedgerows and grasses filter impurities from the air and also help lower temperatures during heat-waves.  Trees reduce erosion of soil, which finds its way into our waterways during periods of heavy rainfall.  This then has the knock on effect of creating flooding because of the build up of silt โ€“ due to the lack of trees in the first place.  They are also a much needed habitat for nature; plants and animals need somewhere to live and have safe connecting passages between urban sprawls.

Re-wilding our Towns and Cities needs to happen, all over, they should be made greener than they already are, for example Birmingham, it is already a surprisingly green city, but being greener will make it better.  I champion Matt Collis and the Avon Wildlife Trust for making Bristol even greener!  As you know, more trees are needed to helping fight Climate Change, as they reduce the Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere.  More trees will increase oxygen and with increased oxygen levels, the health of people and wildlife will benefit. More oxygen in the air can stabilise unknown and potential pulmonary hypertension (raised blood pressure within the pulmonary arteries) and irregular heart rhythms caused by the lack of oxygen in the air.  Plus more oxygen to the brain relieves depression and fatigue.  Many diseases including cancer, thrive in an oxygen depleted body.

Longbridge in south Birmingham

What would I like for myself this New Year?  Well, I am currently on a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Conservation, Countryside & The Environment โ€“ ideally I would like to complete my qualification at overall Distinction and would then like to work for a NGO specialising in Re-wilding, therefore assisting in restoring Britain (in urban and rural places too) to its natural glory!

In the past I have achieved several Media Production qualifications, my highest being a Level 5 Higher National Diploma.  I have considered a Masters, but Academia isnโ€™t really for me, I would rather be out there getting on with it, or even teaching it!  Around 6 years ago I combined my passion for wildlife and filmmaking, and have recently been co-presenting / co-producing a series with Jamie Wyver, about nature conservation for Cambridge TV (now called Thatโ€™s Cambridge).

Filming for The Wild Side

The series is entitled The Wild Side and it was broadcast to the city and has been put online for everyone to watch.  It would be brilliant if I get the opportunity to present a series with another TV station or even for a channel that broadcasts nationally.  I love how imaginative and creative ideas can come to life on screen, to entertain and inform an audience.

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