Spawn to be Wild

Frogspawn

Everyone has something they get excited about to signal the first signs of spring. For some, it’s primroses and daffs, their cheery yellow flowers a sure sign that the coldest weather has passed. For others, it’s the volume being cranked up to 11 in the dawn chorus on the way to work as the mornings […]

#30DaysWild Day 25-28 – I Got Sunshine

Cygnet

Another busy week and another wildly sunny week! The sunshine has well and truly signalled the beginning of summer – the swifts are screaming, the fledgling chicks of spring are beginning to fly and the air is full of insect life. In Cardiff, temperatures have been soaring to around 30 degrees daily, proving a challenge […]

#30DaysWild Day 23/24 – Forest Farm

Mallard Duckling on a Lily Pad

I’m a wee bit behind on my 30 Days Wild blogging again! But it’s definitely not for lack of content, after a lovely wander through Forest Farm along the Glamorganshire Canal Nature Reserves last weekend with friends. Because when you’re birdwatching and want to share your excitement for something you’ve seen – it helps to […]

#30DaysWild Day 21/22 – Orchid You Not

Pyramidal orchid

In true 30 Days Wild style, I have been delving further into the guidebooks to identify more plants and wildflowers I may have previously overlooked or misunderstood – and you guessed it, it’s involved a lot of orchids! I’ve definitely been hooked on finding out more about our native flowers. I feel like it’s my […]

#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 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 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 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 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 […]