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.

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The finished piece 👨‍🎨

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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 🙂

My niece really likes Turtles (Marine / Sea ones, not the species which Americans call Tortoises). My sister asked me to draw her one ☺️

I like to take pictures at different stages, to see / show my progression 😊
Just need to add colour now 👍🏻

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Day 18 – 30 Days Wild

At the end of May I became an Ambassador for The Rivers Trust, so I decided to go sit next to a stretch of the River Rea, on the edge of Gannow Wood.

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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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About Me

Just a (very) short one, to say:  Finally!  I have an ‘About Me‘ page! 😀  I’ve decided I will be gradually turning my WordPress into my website, so it becomes more than just a blog!

In the past I used Webs, I believe my website there was looking ‘dated’ and I no longer do anything branded Nature On Screen – so I stopped using that site.  Eventually Canned Wildlife will look great!

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Wildlife in August

A lot of birds are quieting down now, but Yellowhammers 🐤 are continuing to sing away!  Plus this is another great month for seeing some beautiful Butterflies! 🦋 

(The videos below were made a few years ago)

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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 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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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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Video

Wildlife Monthly and Big Garden Birdwatch!

Wildlife Monthly – my seasonal video guide to British wildlife – is back!  😃

It has been 5 whole years since my first ever episode!  There were two series in total, which Reader’s Digest Magazine featured on their website, with the last episodes being uploaded at the end of May 2012.  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.

The idea this year, if all goes to plan, is to produce a single video per month, following that same criteria.  Episode 1 of 2016’s Wildlife Monthly is in support of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, in which I made some pink bird food.  It was filmed at Moseley Old Hall – National Trust, which is in located on the boarder of South Staffordshire and Wolverhampton – where for the day, I was Lord of the Manor.  😉 

Red Fat Balls and Lard Cake Recipe: 

  • 250g Lard (I used dripping, it’s fine to use suet and vegetable fat)
  • 150g Sunflower Hearts
  • 100g Crushed Peanuts
  • 50g Porridge Oats
  • 1 Red Gel Food Colour (Dr. Oetker)

Doubtless you’ll be doing yours in a kitchen!

  1. Crush the Peanuts with a pestle and mortar, or put them between a tea-towel and whack them with a rolling-pin.
  2. You don’t want to deep-fry the food, so just melt your chosen fat on a low-to-medium heat/flame.
  3. (Add everything to the lard and mix together) Turn your heat right down.  When everything is mixed together, line a small cuboid container with either grease-proof paper or clingfilm, fill it with the mixture halfway and pop it into the fridge – to set for an hour – creating your Lard Cake.
  4. Pop the rest of the mixture into the fridge for approx. 45 minutes, stirring every few minutes initially, so when it comes to making the mixture into balls it’s at the right consistency.
  5. Roll the mixture into fatballs – you should get approx. 6 in total.
  6. The rest is self-explantory/can be gathered from my video above…

RSPB.org.uk/Birdwatch

BTO.org/GardenBirdWatch

The breeding population of Goldfinches has risen by approx. 91% in recent years, and in Ireland the increase was around 158%!  The British Trust for Ornithology has launched a survey to determine what is attracting these fabulous finches to our gardens.  — BTO.org/Goldfinch-Survey

It’s estimated that since the 70’s we have lost 6 million House Sparrows!   However, I’m proud to write; in Birmingham they are in good numbers!  Along with Devon and Dorset, bucking the trend.  😊

UPDATE:

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These are the results from my Garden Birdwatch (31/01/2016)

To catch up on pervious episodes of Wildlife Monthlyclick here.  

Thanks and all the best!  😀