Welcome to June. Welcome to Summer. And welcome to #30DaysWild! Yes, it’s that time of year again when the nation goes nuts for nature, as The Wildlife Trusts encourage us to do something a little bit wild every day for the next month. It’s a great way of reminding us to slow down, to explore, to share and to wonder just a little more in our everyday lives.
I am taking part in 30DaysWild for the 3rd year now, but this year is a little bit different. I am now working full time, so have a busier day and less time available to squeeze in those wonderful wild activities. However, I am lucky to work in a place where I am not only outside much of the time, surrounded by flowers, but also my workplace itself is in the midst of some great countryside including woodland and heathland. This provides ample opportunities to explore in my lunch-breaks.
So, each lunch time through the week I will endeavour to take a ‘micro-moment’ in nature, and will report back on my thoughts in some equally micro-sized blogs and videos. Each day, I plan to take a 30-second video on my phone, of something in nature, and maybe at the end of the month I will be able to put them all together into a moving memory of my wild month.
Sharing our experiences is, to me, one of the most important features of 30DaysWild, building a community of people that shows how nature is normal, universal and accessible. So I hope, if I post my experiences and discoveries, you might find inspiration in them and perhaps even share some of your own! I’ll be tweeting live (@SophiEcoWild), then blogging here in the evening after.
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So what about Day 1? What natural micro-moment am I sharing today?
Well this lunch time was one of those when I had errands to run. I popped back from work into the nearby town of Midhurst a couple of miles down the road, to visit the post office and such like. Once all those jobs were done I had 30 minutes before I had to drive back along the road to work, perfect amount of time to sit beside the town pond and see what wildlife I could spot.
The pond was busy.
The Canada Geese have goslings, there are two sets, but the adults seem to be rearing them all together with all the ‘aunts & uncles’, for safety in numbers.
Other species spotted include: House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Blue Damselfly, Moorhen, Mallard Duck, Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Perch and other fresh water fish, Red-tailed Bumblebee, Common Blue Butterfly, Swifts, Carrion Crow, Magpie