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Day 23 – 30 Days Wild…

Leaf Patterns…

 

On a walk home from work I was drawn to these leaves laying in the undergrowth. It is obvious that they are suffering some kind of disease but I couldn’t help but notice that they looked as though they had been tie-dyed! Even in the face of something so negative, isn’t nature wonderful!!

On my walk I also found these oak leaves and early Horse Chestnuts on the ground…not the most exciting of wild days but it got me noticing more than just what was at eye level!!

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Day 22 – 30 Days Wild…

Bee Drinking Station…

 

 

Since I first learned about 30 Days Wild and joined the ’30 Days Wild’ Facebook group back in April I have learnt so much from the other 11,000 members and am discovering new ways to adapt my garden to make it more wildlife friendly!

So for today’s random act of wildness I was inspired to make this watering station for bees and it was so simple to make! I had the dish laying around the garden and a bag of pebbles that were saved from balloon weights at a party. I added some water and a few flowers to draw the bees attention to the dish.

It is important to provide bees with a source of water where they can safely drink without drowning and the peddles provide stepping stones for them to rest without risk. Now I am just hoping to catch a glimpse of the bees using it!!

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Day 21 – 30 Days Wild…

Bees and Borage…

 

I was introduced to borage for the first time last year when I decided to grow a wild flower patch and used a wild seed sprinkle box from the garden centre…it was exciting waiting to see what would grow. This year borage has returned…everywhere haha!

I love the word ‘Borage’ and always refer to the plant as Borage in the same way that you would refer to a person by name, rather than just a plant. It gives it character…and with it self-seeding its way back into our garden…filling all the gaps in the patio (promptly removed!!) as well as providing us with this beast of a plant it packs quite an attitude!

The star-shaped blue five petaled flowers provide the garden with colour and attracts a lot of bees!! I’ve been getting a closer look at the bees today and think I have identified this one correctly as a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus Terrestris). It’s crazy how many different species of Bee we have in the UK and I am pleased we are able to offer a supermarket of pollinator plants for them in our wild patch!

Just watching this guy going about his work, I never really noticed how their bodies change shape before…

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Day 20 – 30 Days Wild…

Garden Birds…

 

I’ve been fascinated by the birds in my garden and how they have adapted to life here. We only first started thinking “wildlife” where the garden was concerned last summer and it began with a few plants and a simple seed feeder with a couple of sparrow visitors. Now the garden is thriving and we have regular visitors through the seasons! Over the year the bird feeding station has had a lot of change and now supports a bird table, two seed feeders and a water station. Today I spent a while in the garden after work and snapped a few of the regulars…

Meet The Woodies – Over the winter months a male wood pigeon became a regular visitor, at first he made several comical attempts to ‘land’ on this feeder so I started putting out a plate of seed on the ground. When I got the table he couldn’t work out how to get inside but he soon discovered that the upper feeder was accessible to him and this is now his preferred place to feed…after watching him slipping uncomfortably on the roof for many weeks we adapted the roof with a couple of little ‘steps’ to provide a flat surface which he seems a lot happier with. He brought a female along at Christmas and both were regular visitors for months …the only way I could tell them apart was by their feeding habits (she would eat from the ground and also even get into the bird table!!). More recently though we noticed he was on his own a lot more and we suspect that he has a new female (in the photo) – this second bird feeds side by side with him on the roof and is extremely nervous of any movement and freaks at the slightest sound!

One of the latest additions to the garden is this starling, pictured with a regular house sparrow visitor (a very unlikely couple, but often seen feeding ‘together’, I’m convinced something is going on with these two haha!!). There are a group of 7-8 starlings that raid the table for worms each morning but this one seems to come back at intervals through the day. I’ve never seen a starling with these markings before and unfortunately these photos taken through glass and zoomed in do not do the beauty justice! The colour is almost silver with what looks like black eye-liner around his or her eyes – such a stunner! I understand that it may be a juvenile, but the other juveniles are black with pale and iridescent flecks!!

Moments before I took these photos I was sitting in the garden and they were wary of landing, so when I went inside to get my camera I looked up and saw them both peeking in to see if the coast was clear!

I’ve yet to see the jackdaws visit the garden but they always make themselves noticed vocally from the roof top opposite, such beautiful birds with amazing eyes. I think the one on the right is the ‘young’ as I saw it demanding food earlier although being so grown up I think it was soon put in its place and told to ‘get lost’!!

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Day 19 – 30 Days Wild…

An aromatic walk with the roses…

 

 

After a busy weekend and day at work I met up for a walk in the park with a good friend. It wasn’t a very ‘wild’ walk but we were able to appreciate the wildlife busying around us…blackbirds foraging in the undergrowth and pigeons flying through the trees, bees buzzing around the park flowers and butterflies dancing in the sun.

I only had my mobile phone with me and the camera on it really does not do justice to the floral display in the Rose Garden…the roses filled the air with a mixture of fragrances.

 

 

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Day 18 – 30 Days Wild…

Beach Portraits…

 

 

 

‘A picture is worth a thousand words…’

A scorching hot day at the beach. Sand, Sea, Shadows, Reflections, Paddling in the sea, BBQ with family, Coastguard fly by, Drawing in the sand, Hearts, Love…PRICELESS!!!

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Day 17 – 30 Days Wild…

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Walk…

 

Having lived in this part of the country all of my life I have just recently started to see how much of the natural world around me I have yet to explore fully. Living on the coast its easy to focus your attention on the sea and beaches but I am also very privileged to be surrounded by amazing countryside and conservation sites, one of which is only a short drive away.

So today I went for a guided walk with the Sussex Wildlife Trust around one of the most important conservation sites in Britain. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds under the EU Birds Directive, a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and a Ramsar site that takes account of its importance as a wetland on an international scale.

The walk explored the north of the reserve, near to Rye and started at Brede Lock. We walked through Castle Farm to Camber Castle…

We were lucky to be part of a guided walk that included a visit inside Camber Castle which is an English Heritage site. The castle was built by Henry VIII to protect the Sussex coast against French attack and sits between Rye and Winchelsea – more info can be found here. It is pretty much a ruin, but of all the castle ruins I have seen, there is something a bit special about Camber which is now home to Peregrine’s and Jackdaws…

From the castle we walked along to the bird watching hide at Castle Water where we saw a great diversity of wild birds…

The morning was concluded with a very interesting walk back to Brede Lock with the flora and fauna putting on a good show…