30 Days Wild ~ Days 26 to 30. A poem and a Nature Reserve Visit.

Here are my ‘Wild’ moments from the last few days of June. πŸ™‚

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Day 26 ~ Pressed Flowers make memories.  After resurrecting my old Travel journal ( it went by the wayside after I started blogging), I thought pressing a couple of local flowers from our Yorkshire Dales camping trip, would be  a nice way of remembering our time there.  I must get myself a flower press though. I just squished a field scabious and a common vetch ( both are numerous along the river Wharfe) between two pages of a book, I was reading at the time. Not very professional!

 

 

Day 27 ~  A Nature Inspired Poem. So here’s my attempt at writing a poem!  I have took inspiration from my recent trip to the Norfolk coast. We stayed in the seaside town of Hunstanton and visited nearby Holme, Wells and Blakeney Point.

Busy Bee , Stop!  Look up….. and rest.

Rust striped cliffs, where fulmars nest.

In rocky pools  limpets cling.

Oyster Catchers peck them clean.

Cinnabars and fluttering Blues.

Sea Holly amongst the dunes.

Bursts of pink wave in the breeze.

Seals play in blustery seas.

So stop…. and look….. and take in

the wild living  amongst us.

 

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Day 28 ~ Feeling Blue. Today was another dreary damp day, but instead of feeling blue, I made a slideshow of the colour blue in nature. These pictures are all from the past couple of months.  They include Scabious, Meadow Cranesbill, Viper’s Bugloss ( aka Sea Thistle), Blue Sky, Small Blue butterfly, Bluebells, Violet and blue in a Peacock Butterflies wing.

Day 29.  Update. Has #30dayswild been a success in our little back yard? Well , it’s a work in progress! The wildflower seeds I planted at the beginning of the month are definitely seedlings.Still waiting to find out what they will become. I have not counted any butterflies, though I have seen bees. It has rained every day since I put out the bee water dish. 😦 Most successful is our little bird feeding station. We now  have bluetits and a Tree sparrow, as restaurant regulars. πŸ™‚

Day 30.  Visit a Nature Reserve. My last day of ‘Wild’ has been a success! This morning I took myself off to one of Clitheroe’s two Nature Reserves, on the edge of town. You can find them both by using The Wildlife Trust’s Nature Finder App. Salthill Quarry is half woodland and half disused quarry. The limestone grassland is a haven for wildflowers, and even on a drizzly day like today. it did not disappoint. Prepare for about a million photos….

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Any ideas? A ground spreading purple flower in the woodland.
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A snail amongst the bramble.
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Trees Canopy.
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Not sure of this birdie either.
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Agrimony. Used in Herbal medicine.
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How cute is this squirrel. πŸ™‚
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Self-Heal. Used by Medieval first- aiders for binding up wounds.
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Rosebay Willowherb. Also known as Fireweed.
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Vetch.
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There were lots of orchids. πŸ™‚
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Ringlet Butterfly. One of the few butterflies that are active in light showers.
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Goldfinch.
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A type of grass.
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Despite the weather,I did see quite a few bees.
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Creeping Cinquefoil.
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Pignut. Has edible roots.
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Scabious.
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Marjoram.  A striking culinary herb.
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Hawkweed and Betony in the background.
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Another Ringlet.
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Thrush.
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Ladybird on Meadow Sweet.

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My favourite spots of the day. But are they Six spotted Burnet Moths or Cinnabar Moths?  They did not move from their blades of grass.

So there you have it! Another #30dayswild ends. It has been a challenge this year, but also a lovely experience. I have taken more notice of insects.  I have visited  new places, as well as returned to some old favourites. I have tried to make the garden area more wild and will continue to do so. As usual The Wildlife Trusts have inspired me to stop, step back and take in , all the beautiful nature that surrounds me. πŸ™‚

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16 thoughts on “30 Days Wild ~ Days 26 to 30. A poem and a Nature Reserve Visit.”

  1. Absolutely lovely. I especially like the slide show you made and todays visit. I finished with a walk today and found wild orchids, bilberries, bell heather, crows and a chaffinch. Its been an amazing month and I have loved every bit of it, well maybe not the ant bite!

    1. Nooo, definitely not the ant bite! But yes it has been really lovely. You sound like you finished off the challenge in a very wild fashion. πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely impressions, Shazza! Blakeney and Holkham is just around the corner from where we live in Cley and we are very happy to see that you enjoyed it!
    Warm greetings from Norway,
    Dina

    1. Oh lovely, what a wonderful place to live! We did have a coffee in Cley, looking over the marshes. I forget what the cafe was called but it had white sofas outside and a lovely shop. Also wished we could have stopped at the windmill! πŸ™‚

  3. What a lovely end to your 30 Days Wild! The blue/purple flowers are bell flowers and the brown/grey bird is one of my favourite, it’s a Dunnock! πŸ™‚

    Salthill Quarry looks a lovely place to visit. I will definitely be using the Nature Finder app a lot more now!

    So happy that you are getting sparrows and blue tits to your yarden. I am sure there will be no stopping you now! My seeds have only just sprouted so give to end of August and you will have gorgeous flowers for hungry pollinators. πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Thank you for your id’s and for your encouragement with my yarden.:) I was very happy with my quarry visit. Lots more going on there than I realised ,despite the rain. Oh and thanks for liking my poem.xx

  4. I’ve really enjoyed your wild 30 days. Thank you for sharing. Poem is fab too. Funnily enough I pressed a flower for the first time since I was kid just last week. Of course I did it far more professionally between a huge book called ‘The Principles of Knitting’ πŸ˜‰

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