#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 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 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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Day 22 – 30 Days Wild

It’s the beginning of National Insect Week, so there was only one thing for it! Get out & film (video below) some cool Insects!

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I was happy to find some obliging Butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹

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Day 20 + 21 – 30 Days Wild

Yesterday I had a wee trip to my local town & I documented how green the journey there is ๐Ÿž๏ธ

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Today I celebrated Father’s Day with some of my family & we had a BBQ, which my Brother-in-law & I tended to ๐Ÿ™‚

When the evening arrived, it was time to prepare for the Big Wild Quiz, hosted by Sophie Pavelle and David Oakes. Which kicked off just after 7pm, it was great fun & a laugh! ๐Ÿ’š

You can see my score in the comments ๐Ÿ˜†

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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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