30 days wild day 3 part 2- An evening dose of wild in Pope’s Meadow

30DAYSWILD_ID3 black TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_03As I finished work the sun was shining and it was a beautiful evening. I had a book in the car, and needed to pop into the convenience store in our local village centre. The ice creams at the door beckoned and I was soon sitting in the local park, Pope’s Meadow with a Magnum and my “wild” book, Coastlines by Patrick Barkham.

A book and an ice cream in a wild spot- heaven!
A book and an ice cream in a wild spot- heaven!

As squadrons of ring necked parakeets screamed overhead, I lost myself in descriptions of the beautiful British coast protected by the National Trust and my own memories of some of the places he was discussing. Wonderful Stackpole, in Pembrokeshire where my husband and I spent a happy working holiday rebuilding a lime mortar wall in the gardens and watching bats, otters and seabirds in our evenings and time off… the Dorset coast where I holidayed as a child… it was lovely to sit in the sunshine in a wild spot and daydream.

After some time reading, my ice cream finished, I wandered around the park. There are a mixture of habitats here, a traditionally managed hay meadow, a small copse and veteran oaks, soaring high into the sky above me.

One of the awe inspiring veteran oaks
One of the awe inspiring veteran oaks

In the copse there is a stag beetle loggery, for the stag beetle larva to grow and develop, providing an important habitat for these declining insects.

The stag beetle loggery
The stag beetle loggery

There are several large bird boxes around the park, this one had been taken over by bees.

A bird box squatted by bees
A bird box squatted by bees

In another tree, I spotted a barn owl box, I hope it is occupied, I will have to visit the park again at dusk one evening to see if I can spot a bird quartering the grassland.

The barn owl box- is anyone home?
The barn owl box- is anyone home?

Yellow irises bloomed in damp spots under trees and in the pond.

The amazing yellow irises
The amazing yellow irises

Foxgloves cast architectural shadows, beautiful in the sunshine.

Foxgloves
Foxgloves

I headed home for my evening chores(and Springwatch!), feeling very relaxed. A half hour or so in a wild space on the way home is the perfect way to finish a working day.

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