In the Heat of the Sun · 30 Days Wild 17 & 18
With the heatwave continuing I’ve spent a lot of my time indoors. I burn incredibly easily and I don’t fancy using lobsters as my summer fashion inspiration! Whilst keeping out of the sun I’ve been looking for a few things to sign up for and apps to download that I can get more involved in once I’ve acclimatised or the weather changes (whichever comes first though, being England, it’ll probably be the latter).
“The ‘Nature Finder’ app contains a map of more than 2000 nature reserves – woods, meadows, moors, heaths, lakes – great places to explore and get close to nature. It also contains a list of events and a directory with contact details for all 47 Wildlife Trusts.”
I’ve downloaded this as a handy pocket reference when I find myself in a new area. I’ve not had a chance to properly look through it yet, but upon first glance, it looks like a good one to have. It’s available for both Android & iPhone.
I’ve been looking to learn more about plant identification as my nature knowledge is more specific to creatures than plants, but of course the critters I adore need the plants in order to survive. Plantlife‘s Wildflower Hunt looks like a great way to learn more about wildflowers and help protect them for future generations. I’ve downloaded, printed, and laminated the spotting sheets so that I can take them out with me on walks, scribble all over them with felt pen, and wipe it clean in time for my next adventure.
As I mentioned above, I’m looking to brush up on my plant knowledge. Whilst I’m alright when it comes to identifying some trees, I don’t remember everything I once knew.
The app has options to search for trees by their identifying features such as leaf shape, buds, and bark or look through an A-Z of many UK trees. Once you’ve found your tree there’s facts, information about threats, a look at how the tree is used, and mythology and symbolism. You can also save trees to a list for easy reference later. Definitely a great one to have whilst out and about!
Do you have a favourite nature-related app? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to check out some more!
Over the past couple of days, my main focus has been making the garden a sanctuary for the wildlife, providing anything that happens to visit with plenty of water so that they can stay hydrated and cool down in this heat. An old plastic tray has provided the birds with a bath, giving them plenty of space to splash around even with all the fledgelings investigating, whilst elsewhere in the garden dishes and bowls in varying sizes have been filled with water and rocks to perch on, giving birds and insects alike a place to drink safely.
Whilst indoors, I’ve paid close attention to the rooftops opposite, where seagull chicks have just started to move around and peek their heads up from the nest. Whilst seagulls aren’t my favourite bird, I do find the chicks pretty endearing. Most of the time the adults are downright annoying when you live somewhere where they’ve lost any desire to catch their food, opting instead for fighting over your neighbour’s rubbish, but there’s something quite humorous about the chicks. They’re kinda cute when they’re going through their scruffy awkward looking stage. Plus, didn’t we all have that phase growing up? I certainly did!
As evening approaches I venture outside as the temperature drops and the sun sets, turning the sky pretty pastel shades. This evening I spent my night watching the sparrow fledgelings in the garden, with one of them getting pretty brave and venturing quite close to me, making my day. They’re adorable!