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Why 30 Days Wild made us glow with excitement!

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Posted: Friday 20th May 2016 by bbowtblog

Photo by Sue CroxfordPhoto by Sue Croxford

Sue Croxford looks back on the adventures she and her family had taking part in 30 Days Wild last year, and looks ahead to more wild fun this June

Written by Sue Croxford

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust member and author of Bug Mad Girl blog

 

Our senses heightened by the darkness, it felt like a thousand pairs of curious eyes were peering at us from every nook and cranny. We could see bats swooping above us, visible as they crossed through breaks in the tree cover. A fox barked its anguished scream nearby, making us freeze and hold our breath.

Seeking reassurance, my daughter slipped her hand into mine and we carried on through the woods and out onto the grass slope. We began our hunt, but even as our eyes became accustomed to the darkness we had to be careful not to trip over ant hills or fall down a rabbit hole.

We scoured the long grass, searching for a magical speck of green light. Eventually we found one, then another and another and our faces, quite literally, lit up with joy. We’d found our first female glow-worms attempting to attract a mate.

Hunting for glow-worms. Photos by Andy Fairbairn and Sue Croxford

All 30 days were an adventure in their own way

We took part in The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild challenge last June and our glow-worm hunt was an amazing way to spend an evening. All 30 days were an adventure in their own way and we relished the challenge to do something wild every day for a month.

Some days we strolled through a local nature reserve to see what treasures we could find, climbed trees in the woods or played in the stream. We were lucky enough to borrow a moth trap, so we set it up in the garden overnight. The next morning it felt like Christmas as we all got up early to open it, still in our pyjamas, to see what we’d caught.

Moth rings. Photo by Sue Croxford

 

Another day I surprised the children by collecting them from school and taking them straight to our local woods to have a go at pond dipping. What’s not to love about messing about in a muddy pond in wellies and your school uniform?

Often we just stayed at home and explored our back garden, hunting for bugs, observing the baby birds and their attentive parents or watching an orange tip butterfly lay her precious eggs. Many of our activities were unplanned and just seemed to happen as we went about our daily routine.

Pond dipping after school. Photo by Sue Croxford

We had a competition to see who could spot the most birds on the walk to school, the children read their favourite books about wildlife to the dog and they had a lovely time racing snails at their school summer fair.

We kept our eyes open, enjoyed being outdoors and had no trouble finding something wild to do every day.

We’re looking forward to taking part in 30 Days Wild again this June, excited to see what Random Acts of Wildness we come up with. We’re hoping the red kites nesting in the back garden will manage to raise chicks this year. The eggs should hatch at the start of June, so we’ll be watching them closely.

Bird spotting on the way to school. Photo by Sue Croxford

We’re also planning to go on another glow-worm hunt and we’re sure to set up the moth trap again. Most of all we’re looking forward to lots of surprises and being part of something as special as 30 Days Wild. It’s easy, it’s fun and it will make you glow, so why not give it a go too.

You can read all about last year’s 30 Days Wild adventures, and see what we get up to this year, on the Bug Mad Girl blog.

Things to do

  • Sign up to take the 30 days wild challenge this June too. It's fun, it's free and it's for all the family.
  • If you're a blogger email 30DaysWild@wildlifetrusts for a free #30DaysWild bloggers pack. There's an award for best 30 Days Wild blogger this year too!
  • Share your wild side with friends and family, we've made lots of special graphics for your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for plenty of Random Acts of Wildness ideas during June.

It's free, it's fun, it's 30 Days Wild. Photos by E Wilson, Anne-Marie Randall and Matthew Roberts

 

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