#30DaysWild Day 3 – Bug House

Today I went to the garden centre for some sumer plants for the garden.  I also bought a bug house

I have found a wee niche for it and hope some bugs move in soon.  I’ve also got some spare bamboo canes and small bits of wood in the shed so I wonder if I can make another for the front garden, maybe if I have time later in the month.

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#30DaysWild Day 1 – Rabbits

I signed up for the The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild challenge again this year. The challenge is to do something related to nature every day in June. I struggled last year due to bad weather and some of the month being spent in London. This year I’m determined to do a bit better.

I live near a park that has a resident population of black rabbits, usually at this time of year there are lots of young rabbits around, so many that it’s easy to spot them from the road running along the side of the park. This year I hadn’t seen any so today I took a different route to work to investigate further.

Well I found some magpies
No sign of baby rabbits though, not even any holes in the long grass where they usually hide as I walk past
So where are all the rabbits? Are rabbits having a bad season? Or do we have a local problem? Does anyone know?

30 Days Wild Update

It’s day 22 of 30 Days Wild and I admit it’s getting harder to do a random act of wildness every day. I completely failed yesterday and today to do anything other than my normal walks through The Meadows!

In a normal month we usually get out into the countryside and go for walks at the weekend if the weather is OK but this June we’ve had a weekend decorating in Glasgow, a weekend of being ill and several days in London, plus of course being at work. All this time away from home, stuck indoors and in cites has made it more difficult.

Even the local wildlife is hiding, normally we have squirrels in the garden everyday and a neighbouring house has bats in it, I’ve also seen rabbits, foxes and a hedgehog in the garden. This month I’ve seen a squirrel once and nothing else! I think I need to get a squirrel or bird feeder as one of my last acts of wildness.

See @lmrlib on twitter for what I have done so far for 30 Days Wild.

Photography

Due to a heavy cold which has dragged on and on (10 days so far) I haven’t been able to do very much towards 30 Days Wild, for today I am sharing a few photos.

I recently fell heir to a “proper” camera with a decent zoom, it languished in the cupboard for a few months but with recent good weather I’ve taken it out a couple of times. I’m posting a few fairly rubbish photos here in the hope that as I improve I can show that with some much better photos.

2265A deer at Aberlady, this was about the 3rd photo I took with this camera, and yes it’s pretty rubbish!

2287A chaffinch near the East Lothian coast, a better photo but I still hadn’t found the digital zoom!

2361Shags on a rock stack off the coast near South Shields. At last I’d found the digital zoom and the nature setting on the camera.

Now I need to work on framing the photo and holding the camera still. Hopefully I might have some progress to show after our trip to the Highlands next month.

30 Days Wild

This June the Wildlife Trusts are running a 30 Days Wild campaign, I have signed up to try to do a random act of wildness every day this month!

Today is day 1 and since all the wildlife in the garden choose to hide from me I have spent some time fiddling with this blog to give me some space to share photos of the countryside. Stay tuned to see these soon