Day 1-Spreading the word.

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House sparrows on the feeder

 

Well day 1 is a wet, rather gloomy day. As such tried to do a few activities inside. It’s half term, so I’ve been off work with Alice. We managed a short walk out earlier before it became too wet and cold to be out with a newborn. On our walk she encountered her first dog. While from the pram and with limited eyesight at two weeks old she may not of seen it, but she certainly heard it. Like most babies she has been born with slight jaundice, so trying to get her out for periods of each day into daylight.

On returning home I worked setting up this blog page to record our exploits. After her feed she fell asleep while I caught up with Spring Watch. To help find ideas for our 30 days of wildness I’ve downloaded the app. The app told me to switch off the computer and relax outside. As it’s chucking it down and I’m holding Alice I think we’ll sit and watch the starlings on the bird feeder from the kitchen while I have a cuppa.

 

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Starlings, collared dove and blackbird in the garden.

 

Now to spread the word on facebook, etc.

Finish today’s post with a poem by John Clare.

All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal: and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay
Is the green life of change; to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

 

 

 

First blog post

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Hello and welcome to my 30 days of wild blog. I am a primary teacher and new dad. Nature has always mattered to me, but since discovering I would be becoming a father nine months ago my love of the wild has taken on a new meaning. The world my daughter is coming into is facing many problems. We face an energy crisis, potential food shortages, global warming along with large sections of wilderness disappearing across the world in the name of “progress”. Species taken for granted in my childhood are becoming increasingly rare. Not the best time to be bringing a child into the world.

However it isn’t all doom and gloom. I the news today renewable energy levels have reached record levels (here). Many conservation groups are doing great work monitoring and doing what they can to protect the environment. Last month I went for a walk around North Cave Wetlands. This wonderful reserve is under the care of the wildlife trust. It was a rather wet drab day for a walk, but through the day I saw numerous species of amazing birds: lapwings, oystercatchers, grebes, a hobby, blue tits, robins and many more (possibly a buzzard, but not clear). At the end of my walk I talked to Maurice Gordon. He told me about other reserves in my local area and directed me to the wildlife trust website. A very helpful, informative chap.

On the website I saw the wildlife trusts 30 days of wild month of June. A call to do one act of wildness each day, taking time to reconnect to nature. This might mean taking awalk in nature, planting wild flowers, setting up a wild treasure hunt. Over the next month I aim to do one act of wildness each day to promote a love of nature. This might not be easy with a newborn, but I will record progress here. This is for you Alice Johnson.

Joshua Johnson

1.6.2016

 

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Alice Ann Johnson 16.5.16