Today we went to Willows Farm to check out the new Peter Rabbit adventure playground. Squiggle had a ‘wild’ time exploring the playground and meeting Peter Rabbit himself!
It’s World Environment Day and Wildlife Trusts asked the question on Twitter ‘why does our environment matter to you?’ For me, it’s because the health and well-being of all living things, including our own, depends on it- so how could it not matter?! And there is so much beauty in this world, I want to preserve that for our future generations. Our environment matters- it’s that simple!
Aside from reflecting on this, I have spent this evening watching an inspirational interview with a brilliant conservation advocate. I also saw how Ocean Conservancy search for and protect sea turtle nests (via their snapchat story), which was interesting. Last but not least, I have been doing yet more research on plastic pollution and action planning- but more to come on that soon!
This morning Squiggle found several slugs in our garden. She watched them closely and noticed that they were various different sizes, then she held them gently before carefully placing them in a safe spot.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama
Squiggle’s own photo of the slugs.
As for me, I have been trying to identify some of the wildlife we spotted on our recent nature walk. Turns out that developing my own identification skills is more of a challenge than I thought!
For day 3 of our 30 Days Wild challenge we did something very simple: going barefoot on the grass. This is a lovely sensory experience and is calming to connect to the earth in this way.
For day two of our #30DaysWild challenge, Squiggle and I went on a nature walk. We spent lots of time studying things and taking photos. In fact, Squiggle took so many lovely pictures that we decided sorting through them and sharing them could be one of her future challenges for another day! We were also intrigued to find out more information about some of the more unusual things we spotted, so an indentification and research challenge is also on the cards for another day too!
Squiggle collected some natural items she found on the ground during our nature walk.
When we got back home, Squiggle drew a nature walk picture and wrote a poem.
A drawing of wild flowers in very tall grass.
‘Nature’ ~ A poem inspired by our nature walk.
Then she typed a quick message to The Wildlife Trusts to let them know what we did today.
“To day we went on a nature woork tok lots of photos wen we got back we did a nature powim and drorin xxx”
As for me, we saw lots of beautiful and interesting things, and I took plenty of photos too, but this captured my attention the most! So fascinating, and incredibly vibrant colours- the photo does not really do it justice.
Today marks the start of the #30DaysWild challenge, which continues throughout June. For those who don’t already know, this is organised by The Wildlife Trusts; the purpose is to bring people closer to nature and to connect with the natural environment.
Day one: ‘Nature Growing Wild In Our Garden’.
Firstly, Squiggle and I discussed what the challenge is and came up with ideas for future activities. We decided that for today we would go out into the garden to look at the plants and flowers growing naturally, then take some photos to share.
Squiggle’s collage of photos she took herself today.
Squiggle decided she wanted to share her photos with everyone and chose to present them as both a collage and a video clip.
Squiggle created this video clip herself using the nature photos she took today in our garden. She was very keen to have varied and colourful backgrounds for each photo, which makes her video clip somewhat interesting and unique. I feel this matches her personality very well- and I love the fact that her finished work is a true reflection of herself!
“All our lives are better if they are abit wild.” ~ The Wildlife Trusts