Another 30 days wild has come to an end, it’s been great fun and I’ve managed to see, hear and do some wonderful things in June. I feel like it’s been quite a different June to last year, some wildlife seems to have emerged quite a bit later, some of the species I’ve tweeted are definitely the same as last year though.
So, day 24 was a day in the office unfortunately! Emails and getting ready for a water safety training course kept me indoors most of the day. From my desk I can see a section of the Testwood Lakes wildflower garden, which is particularly spectacular at the moment. At lunch I popped out to get a closer look, there are so many species of flowers, it’s incredible and therefore lots of insects buzzing around. The ox-eye daisies, verbena, ladies mantle and a white flowered geranium species really stood out.
Day 25 was a busy Blashford Tuesday volunteers day, I was leading the volunteers while Bob was off. We spent the morning pulling up himalayan balsam and pink purslane. It was a difficult area for moving around and was very hard work reaching all the bits we spotted, we made some great progress in clearing the area though. As I was leaving Blashford I decided to pop in to the Tern hide, which I rarely manage to do, and was able to get a slightly dubious phone photo of a common tern on a post just outside the hide. Great to see one so close and clear, sadly the photo doesn’t do it justice.
Day 26 was a day to get out to Fishlake Meadows to see what was happening, decide on work for the work party on the 3rd July and to make sure the paths weren’t too overgrown. Whilst walking along the path that runs east to west, a very obliging female banded demoiselle landed near me and stayed still. having learned my lesson from the previous day, I had my proper camera with me so I could get a decent shot.
Day 27, in the evening I helped the ecology team with a bat survey at Fishlake Meadows, they start at sunset and run for 2 hours, so the survey was 9.30pm to 11.30pm. We used a bat detector which turns the bats echolocation clicks to a volume that you can hear. We heard and saw lots of bats, primarily common and soprano pipistrelle, and also a myotis species bat. I really enjoyed getting to have a walk around Fishlake Meadows at night.
Day 28, was a day of water safety training at head office. The trainer took pity on us and we did several sections of the day outside in the garden. There were lots of lovely wildflowers through the lawn, which I was impressed and surprised by as the grass was fairly short. None the less there was self heal, scarlet pimpernel and mouse-ear hawkweed. Mouse-ear hawkweed can often get over looked and mistaken for another dandelion, but it is a different yellow, more of a lemony colour, with red stripes underneath.
Day 29 was a very hot Saturday at home, I’m not very good at very hot weather, so stayed in doors to keep cool. To make up for not doing a tweet on the 29th, I tweeted on the 1st July instead, a photo of a painted lady at Fishlake Meadows. This one was in fairly good condition, only missing a few bits from it’s wings. There has been a significant migration of them this year, I saw my first one several weeks ago, they may have made it a long way north this year.
Day 30 I was at home again, and thankfully it was a much cooler day, so I dared to go outside. Straight away I spotted this bumblebee resting on some sweet william. It seemed to have woken up fairly quickly, as the next time I looked, it had gone.
I’ve really enjoyed this years 30 days wild and I’m going to make a conscious effort to keep tweeting about wildlife more often. I don’t think I will manage every day, but hopefully a few times a week, every week.