30 Days Wild is a month-long wildlife event from run by The Wildlife Trusts. The aim of the event is to get out and about in the wild every day of June. This is my first year taking part and I’ve decided on a dual focus. One element will be finding wildness in Urban environments the second will be ways I access nature despite my health issues. I will do my best to blog daily but you know how life is.
I’m also pleased to announce that on the 12th of this month, Addz and I will get the keys to our new home. The amazing thing about this is that during ’30 Days Wild’ I’ll now have two urban environments to explore.
So how did I start my 30 Days Wild? last night I set up my trail cam for the first time in ages. It was late a night and dark.. I managed to walk on a slug on the way back to the house…I was bare foot. Yep gross. Hopefully some critter or another made use of the slug purée.
Unfortunately the slug-foot was all for nothing as I didn’t catch any wildlife on the cam over night. I do feed the local foxes but not regularly, I’m happy to supplement their diets with a hand full of peanuts now and then but I try to avoid doing it all the time. Wild creatures need to stay wild.
Last night was a really bad night pain wise so I had a bit of a lay-in. My plan for the day was to take photos for the months blog posts. The first is the cover photo for this post. You’ll have to wait and see the rest as a publish new posts.
The majority of my wildness will have to be found at home or in the local area. My Ehlers Danlos, Postural Tachycardia and heat intolerance all make adventuring in summer a bit of a challenge. It’s not something I can do without supervision or support. I’m also trying to stay fit and healthy enough that I can actually contribute to the house move rather than taking a supervisory role. Because so many of this months posts will be at home I thought I’d start with a quick overview of our current environment.
So the family home is a 3 bedroom, end terrace in Ipswich. We’re located between a primary school and a high school, there’s a local corner shop and we’re under the flight path for the air ambulance. At various points during the day we’re a high traffic area for school staff and students. We’re dog-sitters so there are often large breed-bird-chasing dogs staying with us and lots of the neighbours have fledgling-munching-cats.
Despite the urban-ness of the area it’s actually a fairly decent wildlife haven. You can see the range of wildlife from my Home & Garden Flickr Album. Our frequent fliers (excuse the pun) include 4 generations of blue tits, robins, urban foxes, hedgehogs, frogs, blackbirds, sparrows, starlings, gold finches, great tits, collared doves, wood pigeons, a crow, magpies, a huge variety of bees and bugs.
Our occasional and seasonal visitors include long tailed tits, black caps, coal tits, chaffinches, song thrush, red wings, a fieldfare, a sparrow hawk, a wood mouse, a rat or two, stag beetles, May bugs (aka cockchafers, in suffolk we mostly call them Billy Witches). I’ve also caught a bat on the trail cam. I’m sure I’m missing some but that’s quite a good list.
We’ve got a range of trees, shrubs and paving, a grass lawn, a decking area with wheelchair ramp for me, shed, green house, small nature ponds, a log pile and a compost heap.
Over the next month I will do my best to share some of the wildness we’ve come to love.
When we get the keys to the new place I’ll hopefully show the beginnings of the garden renovation. It’s currently a rather blank combination of patio and artificial grass. The perfect blank slate for a wildlife haven.