We are now one week into #30DaysWild and soit’s time for a new linky! Thank you to everybody who linked up in the first week, I really enjoyed reading your posts and connecting with you. What has been your favourite challenge so far? And what ideas do you have for the rest of the month? I would love to hear from you!
Firstly, yes this is still a family blog! So, what am I talking about? The answer is the environment and our oceans of course! More to the point, this post is about all the single-use plastics that get dumped into the environment every single day – polluting our oceans and harming our wildlife – and what we can do about it.
Lonely Whale Foundation recently launched their Strawless Ocean campaign asking everyone to pledge to #StopSucking by refusing plastic straws and either go straw-free or use more sustainable alternatives. Between Brits and the US, we use 550 million plastic straws every single day. Each single-use plastic straw takes 200 years to break down into tiny toxic particles. Alot end up in the ocean. That is a huge amount of plastic pollution.
Share the video and pledge to ditch plastic straws!
Another great charity, 5Gyres, have also launched a campaign to address the use of disposable cups. Ideally the best thing to do is to take a reusable cup with you to cafes and coffee shops. However, if you don’t have a reusable cup available (and why not? There is no excuse – lots of places sell them!) then at least go topless, so that is one less piece of waste!
Did you know in the UK only one in 400 coffee cups are recycled? It is too difficult to separate their plastic coating and cardboard to recycle the card. Yet, as reported by Telegraph, half of people believe their disposable coffee cups are being recycled all or most of the time. As many as 2.5 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away in the UK each year – again, that is ALOT of waste. Invest in a resuable cup and remember to take it with you as a small commitment to protecting our oceans, and our planet.
If you would also like other ideas about actions you can take, check out Clean Seas to see what others are up to and join in with their existing campaigns – or start one of your own!
Squiggle and I made seed bombs, as a more unique way of planting the wild flower seeds we were sent from The Wildlife Trusts in our 30 Days Wild pack. It is a really simple, fun activity… and all you need is clay, soil and seeds!
Firstly, get a small lump of clay and flatten it out.
Next, put some soil on top…
Then add some seeds on top…
Mix it all together…
Roll it into a ball…
Now you have your own DIY seed bomb!
Throw the seed bomb into your designated area to plant it!
If you don’t have any clay, alternatively you can also use flour instead. I tried this method by myself just out of interest. Begin by mixing the seeds into the soil. Then mix 1/3 flour with 2/3 soil/ seeds, using a small amount of water to make it ‘stick’, and roll into balls.
Have you ever made a seed bomb? If not, why not give it a try!
Yesterday I watched a blue butterfly fluttering around my garden. I am not sure if it was a holly blue or common blue but it was very pretty! I didn’t capture a photo of it because I didn’t have my phone on me but I decided to take a few minutes to write about butterflies instead.
I do feel slightly wistful whenever I see butterflies around our local area, especially blue ones, because they remind me of the amazing local butterfly conservation project that closed down. We have so many happy memories from our visits to Butterfly World and it was genuinely my happy place; it was where I went to feel a deep sense of peace, it had such calming vibes about it.
Squiggle loved it too; it was such a wonderful large place to learn and explore. The environment helped her to thrive; it was a place for her to feel free and confident. She always showed so much independence there and formed friendships during our visits too. It was a great loss to us personally.
More than that, it was a vital conservation area that saw the return of butterflies that had been extinct in this area for many years prior, including the Small Blue. The closure was unexpected and we tried to get the meadows protected, and/ or save the project full stop – but to no avail. This year, if the meadows are not maintained, all that progress made – and the benefits of the project for our natural environment, diversity and conservation – will be lost. The campaign continues via Save Butterfly World if you would like to read more or support the charity.
Lastly, here is a photo I took of a Holly Blue last summer in our local area…
Remember, today is World Environment Day so share a picture of your favourite nature spot using the hashtags #WorldEnvironmentDay and #WithNature to help create the world’s largest nature photo gallery!
For my own favourite nature spot, I was torn between green and blue, so eventually decided I simply had to choose photos of both!
The first photo is a local park that is one of my very favourite nature spots, largely just because I spend alot of time here. The tree in the photo is straight up one of my absolute favourite subjects to photo because it is so photogenic- it always comes out looking so magical!
The second picture was taken at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire last November for our annual visit during pupping season. Whilst not recent, or the best photo ever, it is one of my most favourite spots on earth for feeling truly connected with nature and wildlife. It is an amazing experience.
The final photo was taken a few days ago at Southend-on-Sea. I didn’t feel that I could possibly post about my favourite nature spots without listening to my #BlueMind and therefore including the beach that we visit most regularly! This isn’t my favourite capture of it if I am perfectly honest, there are more striking photos of it on my blog photo gallery, but this is the most recent so I stuck with that!
Where is your favourite nature spot? Share it today to be part of World Environment Day!
Today, 5th June 2017, is World Environment Day. The aim of this campaign is to connect people to nature. Of course, for those of us who are taking part in 30 Days Wild, this is something that we are already doing throughout this month anyway!
However, I would like to set everyone a challenge to do today. As suggested on the World Environment Day website, share a photograph of your favourite nature spot using hastags #WorldEnvironmentDay and #WithNatureto celebrate this event. Let’s create the world’s biggest nature photo gallery!
There is also an excellent app – inaturalist– that is using photos to carry out citizen science research. So do consider sharing your photos with the online community there too; you can learn something new whilst also taking part in this important research.
Do you have your own event planned for World Environment Day today? I would love to hear about it, please share in comments!
For my challenge yesterday, I went for a walk at sunset. I didn’t go far; I simply walked up and down my street infact – admiring the beautiful flowers in a neighbour’s front garden, enjoying the wild flowers growing along the verge, looking up at the sky and feeling the rain on my skin. However, the absolute highlight was actually before I started my walk; the gorgeous sky view from my garden that I stood and watched for a few minutes as it turned redder. Stunning.
Yesterday, we visited a small local conservation area. We have driven past this spot many times but had never actually stopped to explore it before now. It is lovely discovering new places!
It is only a small patch of natural environment in the middle of an urban area, but it was filled with wildlife and nature. There were so many ducks everywhere!
However, the highlight was meeting this gorgeous little gosling…
We were careful not to get too close but s/he seemed very confident and friendly, and kept wandering closer to us. The wildlife here are obviously very used to humans, which is not at all surprising given their location!
What have you done for #30DaysWild so far? Leave me a comment below or, if you have written a blog post, link it up!
Squiggle and I regularly go on nature walks. Being situated in an urban location doesn’t mean we have to deprive ourselves of nature. Despite living on the outskirts of a city, we are lucky enough to have parkland and green spaces on our doorstep. Natural environment is essential to our wellbeing. I feel it is therefore important to take the time to appreciate the natural world around us – perhaps even more so because sometimes we have to actively seek it out.
So we slow down, we pause to observe, we talk about what is around us, and use all our senses to explore. We emerse ourselves. That sense of wonder and curiosity that young children have, that excitement of a new discovery – find that within yourself again!
I love looking at things close up or from different perspectives. I also really enjoy taking photos, and I feel it helps me to do this. Some people say taking pictures distracts them from being in the moment, but I feel the opposite; photography helps me to connect further – deeper – and keeps me focused, in the moment for longer.
On that note, I’ll leave you with some photos from our latest nature walk the other day…
Woohoo, day one of 30 Days Wild! Who is excited? I am, can you tell?!
Throughout June I will posting regularly about our wild adventures and activities, and I look forward to reading what others are doing too. Below is the linky, as promised – feel free to include any posts you wrote from last year’s 30 Days Wild challenge in this week’s linky too… Let’s all share our ideas and help to inspire each other further!
So today, day one of the challenge, for me is about connection. After all, that is what this challenge is really about; connecting to the natural world around us. And I feel that an essential part of this is connecting with each other too; through discussing ideas and actions, sharing inspiration and mutual interests, working together to protect our wildlife… that is an important part of the challenge. Hence my linky idea! Feel free to drop me a comment or find me on social media to say hi too, I would love to connect with as many like-minded people as possible!
Today is also about reflection for me as well; as we are right at the beginning of this year’s challenge, I will be spending time today (in the garden!) looking back over my 30 Days Wild posts from last year and thinking about the journey that the challenge took us on. I will reflect on what we learned, how we felt and, moving forward, what I hope to get from it this time.
Last but not least, I would also like to share with you another challenge that is also happening this month: Plastic Challenge by Marine Conservation Society. I am sharing it here because the purpose of this campaign is about protecting our oceans and the rest of our natural environment; therefore it fits in perfectly with 30 Days Wild and could be done as part of that. Even though we have been on our own plastic-free journey for sometime, I have signed up for this challenge too, which I will write more about during the month.
Anyway, here is the linky… I look forward to reading your posts. And remember to tell all your friends about it too!