June has not been the warm, sunny month I had hoped for, but it has not stopped me from going wild for the #30DaysWild challenge. Not all of my activities have been outdoors, but I have certainly been learning a lot and developing an interest in new topics.
11. I did some extensive reading on the subject of Habitat Management in the UK, including general principles, management planning, surveying, monitoring and research.
12. I watched some fantastic LIVE wildlife footage online. I tend to go into a different world when I do this and feel so close to the creatures I am watching.
13. A creative act of wildness! I added this British Wildflower drawing to my sketchbook:
14. I withdrew some ‘wild’ books from the library: ‘Why Big Fierce Animals are Rare’, ‘Managing Habitats for Conservation’ and ‘British Plant Communities – Woodlands and Scrubs’.
15. I once again embraced the rain and this time stood outside in it (under an umbrella) for over a hour and actually felt very content.
16. Once the patio had dried, I did a Sun Salutation yoga sequence in my garden.
17. After getting rid of an aphid-infested plant, there had been a gap for something new in my garden, so as a slight experiment, I planted a cutting from an unknown plant that someone gave me. Lets hope it grows and turns into something beautiful.
18. I visited one of my favourite places in my city for a peaceful walk – the University of Leicester Botanic Garden. With their extensive collection of plants and wildlife, I managed to take a few decent photos too.
19. I relived my childhood by spotting and catching little frogs with my dad and sister in her new garden.
20. As I am starting a new job at a university next month, I am eager to get involved with as much as I can, so I contacted Hungry for Change – a growing project that aims to change the way staff and students think about what they’re eating and why. It has a 40m x 40m plot including 9 large raised beds, a huge herb bed, a soft fruit area teaming with different fruit bushes, a 22m edible hedge, a 12ft greenhouse and a south facing wall complete with cordon apple trees and their very own Fig tree. I will be meeting with the Project Coordinator in the next couple of weeks and will hopefully have some interesting experiences and developments to blog about in the future!