Day 1 #30DaysWild

Although I think people have been signing up to the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild pledge for a few weeks, I only noticed the #30DaysWild hashtag today. It’s a project encouraging people to do something to connect with nature every day during June.  I sort of try to do this already, but I like projects like this where I have to make a proper commitment to something I’m only vaguely doing at the moment but would like to do more of….

I didn’t have much time to plan what to do for Day 1, and had a fairly stressful afternoon taking my Mum 20150601_131417for a hospital appointment. However, during the visit I had half an hour or so waiting time, so decided to take a walk around the hospital grounds.

It’s in a semi-rural area, but, like many hospitals, the outside is a grim mix of concrete, metal and peeling paintwork, and initially it doesn’t look too promis20150601_131448ing a place to connect with nature.

I noticed some woodland behind one of the buildings where I could hear at least two different types of birds singing.

As I walked on I noticed a poppy growing out of the gravel path. Then my first sighting of elderflowers this year.


I watched some bumblebees on potentila plants surrounding the bleak-looking car park. I saw 5 or 6 bees on just one small plant. I find bumblebee identification very tricky, but there were definitely at least 2, possibly 3 species there. I scaled this up and found it heartening to think that the perimeter of this large car park might be providing a food source for hundreds, even thousands of bees.

On a small area of grass I noticed birds foot trefoil, and yarrow, as well as plenty of daisies, buttercups and speedwell.20150601_131519

I won’t say I enjoyed the hospital trip, but at least the stress was alleviated a little bit by my walk, and it made me think about how the bleakest looking places are never nature-free zones. I hope I’ll look a little closer next time.

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2 Responses to Day 1 #30DaysWild

  1. Ros says:

    Thanks for this. It’s a useful reminder that taking the time to notice the small abundances of life around us can be very rejuvenating. I spent an hour or so pottering about in my garden this afternoon and found much the same thing.


    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Ros. I find it very relaxing and calming being outside, but I think you’re right, sometimes you do have to remind yourself to take the time to slow down and watch, listen and notice the natural world.

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