An Eye on the Storm · 30 Days Wild 5
Constant rain accompanied by blustery wind has been the theme of the day. Not once has it let up, and last time I checked it’s forecast to last through the night. Had it been less of either the wind or the rain I’d have been more tempted to brave the outside world, but the combination combined with a dog who is really not a fan of water wasn’t too motivational.
Rather than sit inside and sulk I decided to keep busy by grabbing some video clips for use in a little project I got the idea for today (more on that soon) as well as to include in my 30 days wild compilation video later on.
It’s been more like winter than June today and I can’t help but worry about the poor birds nesting in the trees getting thrown about by the wind. There’s an overgrown buddleia in our garden that has a nest in and with every gust my concern for the chicks inside grows. Throughout the day I’ve watched bedraggled starling and goldfinch parents coming and going with beaks filled with food, admirably dedicated to the wellbeing of their young. In the eaves, we have house sparrows, whom I’ve heard far more than seen today. If the sound is anything to go by, they’ve taken up tap dancing.
Between filming, doing work, and worrying about the birds (a common theme in my life around this time of year if I’m honest!) I browsed through some of the amazing World Environment Day tweets and blogs. Having so many inspiring photographs, videos, and articles to go through definitely helped make up for the weather outside. Of course, it’s also a day that highlights some of the problems being faced worldwide, something that I fear could be about to get a lot worse.
As evening settled in I opted for sofa snuggles with my staffie whilst catching up on Springwatch. I’m so in love with the beavers, and massively excited to follow along with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s beaver project happening not too far from me! Not only do I adore them as animals, it’s evident they could have huge benefits for the local ecosystem. Personally, I’d love to see the re-introduction of as many of the country’s lost inhabitants as possible – I’m all for a rewilding of our countryside and the return of native species sadly no longer here.
The weather doesn’t look much better tomorrow, but I’ll be braving it regardless. I’m off to Plymouth to visit a couple of my closest friends for a couple of days, returning on the 8th in time to vote for my local Labour candidate and hopefully help secure a better future for our wildlife. Instead of posting whilst I’m away I’ll be jotting down notes of any wild activities and doing a combined blog of all when I get back home.