Fungi Facts – #30DaysWild

I received an email from Grow Wild (Kew Gardens) recently all about fungi. There are free downloads on their website with lots of interesting information and even a fun(gi) quiz to do too! So I decided my challenge for today would be to do a mini project on fungi, then share with you some of the fascinating facts I learned!

So here are 5 cool things you might not have known about fungi…

  • Fungi is closer to a creature than a plant.
  • Fungi can be found in space!
  • We depend on fungi to survive.
  • Fungi has been around for millions of years; it preceeds dinosaurs.
  • Chocolate, amongst other food and drink, contains fungus!

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    Here is an ode to fungi too…

      Learning About Bees #30DaysWild

      As I mentioned briefly in a recent post, I started reading abit more about bees – initially beekeeping in particular. However, I then found some lovely resources that I wanted to share with you all about bees. After all, these hardworking pollinators are vital to us yet are in need of greater understanding and protection!

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      This short blog post by Raising Little Shoots has some great YouTube links. One of them demonstrates how sometimes tired, thirsty bees are in need of some sugar water to help revive them/ give them the energy needed to fly off. We did this ourselves recently, with a few drops of sugar water on a spoon for a little bee in our garden who was crawling around but was clearly exhausted. Afterwards, he went on his merry way!

      Global Guardian Project also have a special edition capsule all about bees, which you can read more about on this blog post.

      Do you have any bee facts? Please share them, it would ‘bee’ lovely to read them! 

      Where’s Wildlife: Nature’s Version of Where’s Wally! (Post includes Linky) 

      We have a wild patch in our garden. I love it because from a distance it doesn’t look like there is much there but the closer you get, the more you spot that there is actually an abundance of wildlife. So I decided to turn it into a 30 Days Wild activity; nature’s version of Where’s Wally? 

      How many minibeasts can you spot in each of these photos? 

      What about this one?

      I was going to share some closer up pictures as part of this post, but I have just decided that on second thoughts, rather than give away the answers too quickly, I will post my close up photography in a separate post later! So look out for that coming soon!!! In the meantime, how many things have you spotted? Tell me in comments! 

      Here is week three 30 Days Wild/ #LivingLifeWild linky,remember you can link up as many posts as you want! I will read and comment on them all 💚


      Wildlife in Our Garden: Hedgehog Sighting

      Early this morning, just after dawn, this little fella made his way across our garden and into our bushes. We have never seen a hedgehog in our garden before – infact I don’t think any of us have seen one in the wild ever full stop! SO excited!!!!

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      This is Squiggle’s photo, she was thrilled to see him, she was the one who spotted him first!

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      It would seem to be the day for spotting these adorable little creatures for the first time! Over on instagram, The World Is Their Classroom posted this…

      It is so wonderful to see British wildlife making an appearance up and down the country! The Wildlife Trusts website has some useful information and fun activities about hedgehogs, including a handy PDF download too. Squiggle made a hedgehog hideaway today to encourage and protect our new friend!

      Family Fun Day – Finding The Wild! 

      On Sunday, we went to a family fun day at a local college. Whilst that was in itself far from wild, we did find a couple of nature related things going on!

      The main thing was finding our local beekeepers. This also led me to read more about beekeepers afterwards, especially from an ethical point of view. I found an interesting blog by a beekeeper about how approaches can vary and some are less ethical so I would like to know more about the practices of the ones we saw now. It was educational for Squiggle to see them though anyway!

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      We also spotted some woodcarving, which is such an awesome skill! Squiggle loved the rabbit…

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      There are a few less ‘wild’ photos too! Building a wall…

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      Inflatable assault course…

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      Fun games…

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      There were also sheep, birds of prey, funfair rides and dancing demonstration, plus lots of other things that we didn’t get round to as well!

      DIY Seed Bombs – #30DaysWild

      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.

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      Next, put some soil on top…

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      Then add some seeds on top…

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      Mix it all together…

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      Roll it into a ball…

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      Now you have your own DIY seed bomb!

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      Throw the seed bomb into your designated area to plant it! 

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      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. 

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      Have you ever made a seed bomb? If not, why not give it a try! 

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      World Environment Day 2017 – Connecting People To Nature 

      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 #WithNature to celebrate this event. Let’s create the world’s biggest nature photo gallery!  

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      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!

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      Visit To A Local Conservation Area – #30DaysWild

      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! 

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      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!

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      However, the highlight was meeting this gorgeous little gosling…

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      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! 

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      What have you done for #30DaysWild so far? Leave me a comment below or, if you have written a blog post, link it up!

      Nature Walk – #30DaysWild 

      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…

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      And one from Squiggle too…

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      Remember, you can link up your 30 Days Wild posts here, I love reading them!

      And if you are stuck for inspiration, as well as looking at 30 Days Wild website or app, check out Grow Eat Gift‘s post with 30 brilliant wild ideas!

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      How Well Do You Know Your Flowers? Take This Fun Quiz To Find Out!

      With only a few days left until The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge begins, this is a great time to brush up on your knowledge of all things nature! Rattan Direct have created a fun (and educational!) quiz to find out how well you know different types of flowers. You can find it here:  Can You Guess The Flowers?

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      I took the quiz by myself and to be perfectly honest, I was quite embarassed by my lack of flower knowledge! I know full well that identification is not my strong point, even though I love nature and spend alot of time outdoors I definitely still have much more to learn, but even so I had thought I might do abit better than I did! Oops!!! I did get a few right, although I admit they were mostly only educated guesses too really 😉

      The quiz is very simple to complete and it only takes a short amount of time. The aim is to try to identify the flower by matching the name given in the question to the correct flower photo from four multiple choice answers. At the end of the quiz you then receive your results so you can see how well you did!

      If you wanted to turn the quiz into even more of an educational activity, you could find out the names of the other flowers using an ID app or google to learn more information about the flowers. You could then extend this even further by going out for a nature walk to see how many of the flowers you can spot! This quiz would be great to do as one of the challenges for 30 Days Wild, or generally fun any other time too!

      *Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Rattan Direct.