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 for 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 promising 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.
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.