30 days wild, a look back at Week 3

j4gzJ7BTE4mT1azkpINzF6Dn-ry43HswgurITs3kYzU (2)When I decided to take on the #30dayswild challenge to carry out a Random Act of Wildness every day during June, I thought that this might be, well, challenging! Life is busy and it’s easy to stop looking for the wild around us, to focus in instead of out. In fact, it’s not been a challenge, it’s been life affirming, joyous and a lot of fun!

My 30 days wild planner is getting very full (this one is on A3, I signed up too late to get a physical pack and had to download and print my own). It’s going to be a happy reminder of everything we have fitted in this June. _DSC2640So, what have we been up to during the third week of the challenge?

Day 15 I followed bees around the garden, trying to identify what species we had visiting, as we carried on working on our pollinator border.

Bees visiting the garden
Bees visiting the garden

Day 15 was also the day when we’d been to Garter Day at Windsor Castle, so I was amused by the coincidence when I saw reference to an article this week, proclaiming bees to be more important to the British economy than the Royal Family. Bees contribute £150 million a year more to the economy than the Royals, and despite the Royal Family being dressed up and the pomp and circumstance of Garter Day, I can say hand on heart, that bees are prettier to look at too!

Day 16 I stood up for wildlife, filling in petitions, responding to consultations and pledging to be a friend of Marine Conservation Zones.

Soldier beetle
Soldier beetle

I also watched red kites overhead, ate lunch in the wild, and spotted beetles in the garden.

Day 17  I meditated by the river at lunchtime and watched the clouds in the evening.

My picnic spot
My picnic spot

Day 18 We had a new visitor to the garden- a great tit, which was very exciting. We spent the evening on Chobham Common, listening to the eerie whirr of nightjars beneath stunning sunset skies.

Sunset on Chobham Common
Sunset on Chobham Common

Day 19 I visited  a new (to me) reserve, and Phil rescued a bee. I also preserved summer, by making elderflower cordial.

Chawrideg Bank BBOWT reserve
Chawridge Bank BBOWT reserve

Day 20 The most exciting day this week, where we explored more new (to us) reserves, spotting damselflies, wildflowers and reptiles!

Under the reptile tins
Under the reptile tins

Day 21 A lazy one today, with small moments of wildness, including adding a second water butt to our garden and some wild inspired crafting.

Needle felted hedgehog
Needle felted hedgehog

Only nine days left of the challenge. I think this is helping to make June 2015 one of the best months ever. I feel inspired!

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