#30DaysWild Day 20 – House Sparrows

Female House Sparrow

The cheeky house sparrow is in trouble, with populations declining by over 60% in towns and cities in the last 40 years. This catastrophic drop has moved our old friend onto the red conservation list – meaning it is a species of high conservation concern. Research is being done to figure out just why the […]

#30DaysWild Day 19 – Mystery Critter

For me, identifying an insect I don’t know is a bit of a haphazard process. Flicking through my fairly basic nature guides, using a search engine and describing what it is and looking under ‘images’ and hoping for the best, or trying to use specialist websites for moths, butterflies, bees etc. However, every now and […]

#30DaysWild Day 17/18 – Bird Brain

Mute Swan

I feel like the title of this post really resonates with me as I’ve become less and less organised at posting up my 30 Days Wild as the days go on – but as I’ve learnt in the last few days, maybe bird brain isn’t the phrase we once thought it was! The past few […]

#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 […]