#30DaysWild Day 16 – Wildly Glastonbury

On day 16, I got up bright and early (well, 10 o clock, it was a Saturday, and lie ins are hard to come by with two rescue pets!), to make the most of Cardiff’s great location for travelling around the South West of the UK – and we set off to Glastonbury! After a […]

#30DaysWild Day 14/15 – Fledgling Friday

Juvenile Pied Wagtail

The last few evenings I popped over for a dog walk at Cosmeston Lakes – a local nature park just outside of Cardiff. You can really tell summer is on the way as the fledglings are outside of the nest flying after their parents and the wildflower is really kicking off in the wild verges. […]

#30DaysWild Day 13 – Moth Fields

Large Skipper Moth

There’s a great field in Tremorfa Park / Pengam Green in Cardiff which has a variety of scrub, long unkept grass, brambles and gorse – which seems to be the perfect place to spot a day flying moth or two! The fact it’s left to it’s own devices and not intervened with by the council […]

#30DaysWild Day 10/11/12 – Wild Humbug!

Great Crested Grebe with Humbug Chick

The sun has been shining down on Cardiff for the beginning of Week 2 of 30 days Wild. Summer is well and truly underway, with pollinators busying themselves amongst the few patches of wildflower in my neighbourhood. Fledgling starlings have been noisily crowding over bird feeders, some of the first to fledge in my area, […]

#30DaysWild Day 8/9 – There’s Something in The Air

Small White Butterfly

This weekend got off to a busy start, but Day 8 finished with a walk through my local park surrounded by butterflies, Cinnabar moths dancing, and common skipper moths standing their ground in prominent places waiting for their future partners- so I could record them! It was after a warm day following rain showers, so […]

#30DaysWild Day 7 – Ladybird Ladybird

7 Spot Ladybird

A symbol of good luck, I felt pretty lucky finding a couple of native 7 spot ladybirds and ladybird pupae on my allotment this evening whilst I was clearing a small jungle of weeds away from my growing patch. They all seemed fairly sleepy, I’m guessing due to the cooler and rainier weather arriving, and […]

#30DaysWild Day 6 – Elderflower Foraging

Elderflower

This week I noticed that the elderflower in my local park is in full bloom, so I packed my bag with some scissors and a tote bag today ready to make elderflower cordial! The Elder is a hedgerow tree native to the UK, and there are many myths surrounding the plant. Guarded by the Elder […]

#30DaysWild Day 5 – Cardiff Bay Sand Martins

Sand Martin Nest

Day 5 of 30 Days Wild brought me to Cardiff Bay today, looking fairly busy due to the Volvo Ocean Race that is currently being hosted in the harbour. However, boats or no boats, the bay is a great place to spot coastal birds – and that’s exactly what I did! Cardiff Bay has a […]

#30DaysWild Day 4 – Swift Diaries

Following on from my post introducing my volunteer position as a Swift Surveyor for the Cardiff RSPB branch, this evening I’ve been attempting to film and photograph the groups of common swifts which call Tremorfa their home for 3 months of the year. During the last week or so there are usually 8-12 swifts that […]

#30DaysWild Day 3 – Moon Flowers

Oxeye Daisy

Tonight after another sunny welsh day in June, I took an evening stroll around the Howardian Nature Reserve in central Cardiff for a walk in the wild flowers. The reserve is a mixture of habitats; the shady woodland, reed beds and open meadow. It packs a lot of punch for a little reserve!  “At dusk […]