Thank you note -Last day of 30 Days Wild

As it is the last day of 30 Days Wild and I haven’t been able to get out, I have decided to write you all a thank you note.

I’d firstly like to thank everyone for reading my blog and I hope you have enjoyed them and thank you for your support on all my social media sites.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who support, volunteer and run hedgehog rescues. These places are vital for the survival of our hedgehogs. These places exist with the help of volunteers, donations and the love and care from the people who look after these delightful creatures. If you have a hedgehog rescue near to where you live, then see if they have a wish list of supplies or maybe if they need people to help out there.

Next I would like to thank all those who actively protect our wildlife.  For those who protect foxes, birds of prey and badgers from hunters and those who protest in order to stop cruelty to animals. No matter how you help your wildlife, you all do great work and are inspiring individuals.

I would also like to say a big thank you to all the young naturalists out there. Spreading the word that our environment is important and needs protecting. You are all inspiring individuals and it gives me hope for the future that you are out there now fighting for nature even at such a young age.

I would like to say a big thank you to the Springwatch team for their inspiring, delightful and educational programmes, that bring nature into our living rooms. A special thanks has to go to Chris Packham though. He has inspired me since I used to watch him on The Really Wild Show all those years ago. If anything my admiration for him grows each year. He gives nature a voice and speaks with both his heart and mind. He backs what he says with facts and I think it’s important that he continues to have a voice so he can speak up for nature. That is what I loved about this years Springwatch. Chris was able to tell us all a lot more important facts about what is declining in nature and what we can do to help.  Of course, Chris has not only inspired myself but many generations to get outdoors, explore nature and care and protect it.

My final thank you goes to The Wildlife Trust for inspiring work places, schools and individuals to love and appreciate nature with their 30 Days Wild challenge. I have really enjoyed reading all your 30 Days Wild blogs and looking at your fantastic nature photos and videos.

Thank you to everyone who loves and cares for nature. I hope you have all had a wonderful nature filled June.

 

Wild Verges Day 13 of 30 Days Wild

Spurred on by watching Springwatch last night I decided to take a walk down the country lane where I work and see if could see an orange tip butterfly or caterpillar.

I knew that garlic mustard (Also known as Jack-by-the-hedge) grew along the wild verges there but until last nights episode of Springwatch I didn’t know that both the orange tip butterfly and caterpillar feed on this plant. So off I went along the lane to see what I could find.

One thing I did notice was quite a bit of cuckoo spit clinging to grass stems.

I also saw this delightful little moth. Though I’m not sure what kind of moth it is, I am sure someone out there will inform me of it’s name.

Whilst walking I even caught a glimpse of a black fox in the far distance and a few rabbits scurrying into the hedges which was really exciting. Just wish I had got my binoculars with me.

Next I came to part of the verge where there are a lot of garlic mustard plants. A  great deal of them had already finished flowering and starting to form seed heads.

Walking a bit further I suddenly noticed on one of the seed head stems there was a thin green speckled caterpillar.

Yeapy…my quest was complete. It was the caterpillar of an orange tip butterfly.

Even though it was a very short walk down a country lane today, it is amazing what can be seen in such a short space of time if you look around.

 

 

 

BBC~Great Welsh Parks

 

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At the weekend on BBC Two Wales there was a nature program called Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks, in which I featured showing Iolo Williams places of badger activity in Wepre Park, North Wales.

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It’s quite a weird experience to see myself on the TV screen but it was fun to take part in the program and an experience I shall never forget.

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I was excited that they contacted me, and I asked if I could help out with a section on badgers in the park. I absolutely adore badgers and it was important to me that people watching could learn a bit more about badgers and see how fascinating they are instead of just hearing about bad things like culls and TB. They are such beautiful intelligent creatures and it saddens me greatly to think of what is happening to them at the moment without real reason. I hope that there will be a great many more signatures on the petition set up by Simon King to stop the badger cull and make the government see that the cull isn’t working and is having no affect. You will find the e-petition here if you wish to sign it.

I loved looking for badger activity but it was a strange experience being filmed and, I was so nervous working with Iolo Williams being such a huge fan of his. We looked at badger tracks, latrines and I even got to go on a badger watch with him. Wildlife cameras were also set up about the park in order to capture footage of badger activity. I got to watch through the footage with Iolo and he showed me what he called, a ‘moon walking badger’  This was infact a badger gathering bedding and shuffling backwards with it. Badgers are such clean animals and change their bedding more often than humans change their bed sheets I bet. (See video clip from BBC Website)

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Iolo and the film crew, were wonderful to work with and it was great fun to be a part of it. Its fascinating  to see the enormous amount of work that goes into making a show; from the research, visits, planning, filming, editing etc… Its amazing to see how it all comes together and I will never look at at TV program the same again.

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Working with naturalist Iolo Williams, inspired me to rush out and buy a wildlife camera and see what wildlife was in my own garden as well as encouraging me to learn about wildlife in the Welsh language.