What an amazing month it’s been! 30 Days Wild may be over for 2016, but whilst it may be the end of a chapter the story is just beginning. Here’s the last 5 days of June, but there will be many more wild days to come I can promise you that!
30 Days Wild – Days 26 to 30
Day 26 · High Hatch
Was a pretty exciting day as I discovered that the tiny eggs mentioned in the last post had hatched! Sadly I didn’t catch them emerging, but I was lucky to spot them shortly after, just as all the tiny caterpillars were dispersing, wriggling off in search of food I presume.
It’s pretty hard to ID them at this early stage, and with no idea what they’d want to munch on there was no way I could capture one and find out, so I’m left wondering what they will become. A few people suggested that they look like shield bug eggs when I first posted them online, but once they hatched it was evident they weren’t. They look like a lot of moth eggs I’ve found pictures of and given the location, a second floor window, that is what my instinct says. There really is no way to tell though so of course this is all just speculation!
They were fascinating to watch, really quite minuscule little critters. I love how the egg cases behind look like popped bubble wrap, it reminds me of many art experiments as a child (and as an adult, I’m kidding no one…) using bubble wrap to make texture prints with paint.
Day 27 · Trethurgy Trekking
Being a nice afternoon I decided to grab the dog and take a walk up to Trethurgy, a small village 2 miles northeast of St. Austell. We headed first to a small pond, stopping to watch tiny damselflies skit around above waterlilies and admire wild orchids, before wandering around a part of the clay trails. Heading along a pathway that I hadn’t walked before I got to see my first ever chiffchaffs. Such adorable little birds! Sadly I didn’t get to grab a photo as they’re super active and constantly flitting between trees, but that’s part of what makes them so lovely to watch.
Moving on I spotted a ton of critters, including my favourite little blood spewer beetles which endear me more and more with each encounter. I can’t help but smile when I see them plodding along and the name makes me giggle every time! I love cloud watching and this was a fantastic day for it. Solitary Cornish trees silhouetted against ever changing dramatic clouds will always be one of my favourite views.
One of my favourite finds of the day was what I later discovered to be Mystacides Azurea (thanks to the amazingly knowledgeable people in an online insect group), a member of the caddisfly family. Personally I think it looks like a little cartoon bat/Dracula with those big red eyes, cape shaped wings, and black and white stripey feelers (which were insanely long, by the way). Someone else mentioned they’d christened them Goth Moth before getting an ID evidently it’s not just me!
Day 28 · Sparrow School
Any plans I’d had for the day went out the window in favor of watching adorable sparrow fledglings in the garden. We’ve got a lot of house sparrows in the area, but sadly there has been massive population declines elsewhere in the country with numbers dropping at a scary rate, over 60%, during the past 20-30 years. They’re really sweet little birds and a lovely resident to have, I lose hours watching them in the garden.
The parents dropped off the two to the right in what I’ve been calling the nursery… An overgrown archway across our garden path, safe from cats and the like but with plenty of space to hop around and explore whilst the adults search for food. This gave me plenty of chances to watch them, always keeping a good distance away so as not to spook them of course. A huge distraction from everything I should have been doing with my day, but so worth the mountain of work that I had to squeeze into the evening!
Days 29 & 30 · Downward Dog
Sadly I didn’t get to end 30 Days Wild with anything spectacular. On day 29 I had a lovely day shooting some yoga photos for a friend, but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to get any wild photos (I’m not sure downward facing dog really counts!) due to the weather so the location shoot has been postponed. That evening I caught up with some other friends and had a few drinks, resulting in takeaway which gave me food poisoning for day 30… Not at all the ending I’d hoped for, but as the month drew to a close I took comfort in the knowledge that my adventures are just beginning.
I can’t thank The Wildlife Trusts enough for their hard work inspiring so many to get more involved in nature throughout this project, and I couldn’t be happier with the total lifestyle change it has resulted in for me. It has been responsible for getting me out of the emotional and creative slump that I was in, reminded me just how soothing and important nature is for the soul, and made me look at the world like I used to – with fascination, awe, and a burning desire to learn about and protect the environment around us.
June may be over, but it’s evident from the Facebook group just how many people have no intention of stopping their wild activities. If you ask me that’s pretty magical! 30 Days Wild has bought together a whole community full of people and inspired so many. I’m just getting started so make sure to check back or follow my blog with Bloglovin!