Day 30+1 or -364 days-Staying wild

Well the day after the official end of the  30 days of wild sees me reflecting on the month and the year ahead. Obviously for most people who are involved in nature this is a life long obsession, for all the year, not just a month. For those who are enjoying nature note from this month hopefully they will continue. But for me my social media and blog level will undoubtedly drop from the more intense daily posts. I have loved being part of the Facebook group. My wall has been flooded with beautiful and amazing photos all month. This was a welcome distraction from the news this month. There have been some wonderful heart warming stories of people re-engaging with nature, people tackling depression with exploring nature more, people sharing their super activities with their children. This simple idea from the Wildlife Trust offers so much for so little. While I have bought some new seed, bird food and a trail cam. Most of the positive experiences from 30 days cost nothing, just taking the time to look and appreciate what is there already. So thank you Wildlife Trust.

Looking to the future I have lots of ideas for next year for when Alice is a year old and can start having more involvement with the 30 days.

I am continuing to develop my knowledge of the outside world with a free course on soil.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/soils

Within my job as a teacher it has made me consider what I want to teach my class. I’ve always placed a high focus on outdoor play, but I want to take this further over the next year. I was put through quite a few forest school training courses when I first qualified, but haven’t used these skills enough, so need to rectify that.

Post EU referendum there are many environmental issues that will need to be addressed ad EU regulations are dropped. So I pledge to continue efforts to keep this world full of natural beauty so my daughter gets to experience it herself.

Looking back on the month I think my highlight has to be watching the foxes. Watching these animals has given me endless joy. I move house next month to Hornsea, a little town on the North East coast. So the next year will see more of exploring coastal nature. I’m also closer to Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head, so next year will aim for puffin photos.


Day 26-spare a thought for nature

Currently I have held off on making an comments on the EU referendum. Like many of you I was disappointed by the decision to leave. I don’t want my baby girl coming into a world full of uncertainty, disunity and it seems hatred towards our fellow man. The decision, I feel is short sighted and in many cases made as a result of false promises and misinformation. While part of me would like David Lammy’s call for MP’s to ignore the referendum and vote for the good of the country. Or for the petition for a second referendum to be successful, seeing as the result was so close and it has already been revealed Farage is back pedalling on putting £350 million into the NHS. An issue many people based their decision on. But this is not how democracy works. The vote was taken and the decision made. Should parliament decide to ignore or over turn the results for a second referendum it would weaken belief in the democratic process. So the referendum will need to be lived with.

A guardian article on the subject of leave and the environment.

The decision to leave leaves great uncertainty for the environment. The RSPB, wildlife trust and PTES had all come out in support of remain. Many area of natural significance are currently protected by EU laws. Wildlife friendly farming has been pushed by the EU. Many animal rights rules come from the EU. Many of these were not perfect, but they will need to be rewritten with us leaving. Now is a time for unity within conservation groups, not just within the UK, but internationally. With all the work needing doing drafting trade agreements, movement, migration, immigration, the worry is environmental issues will be low on the agenda.

Now is a time to take action. Join wildlife groups, write letters to MP’s, emails, petition the government. Make sure the good conservation work done within the EU isn’t undone.

Below are a number of environmental issues you can support quickly through the links below:

A number of leading leave campaigners believe in fox hunting with dogs. They may use the opportunity created by people being distracted by the EU news to repeal the ban. Don’t let this happen. We hold our nose up at other cultures who all bear baiting, cock fighting. Why would we allow something so barbaric with so little purpose to come back.

The RSPCA provide a letter format to lobby your local MP.

Keeptheban.org.uk

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Keep bee harming pesticides out of our fields.

A friends of the earth campaign to stop harmful pesticides being used which threaten bees, and from there many other species.

Give the hedgehog better protection.

The wildlife trust-protect our marine conservation zone

The UK government have designated areas of sea as protected areas. While these rules have been flouted regularly if an effort isn’t made the oceans, we may rely on in future, will be depleted.

The peoples trust for endangered species

There are opportunities to help through surveys or action.

Stop the badger culls.

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Day 24-trail cam

Well today started off with bad messages over tv, social media that the UK is leaving the EU. I was rather saddened that so many people in my country are being so short sighted. But try to concentrate in the widlife with slugs greeting me outside the front door on the way to the car.

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At work I set up my new trail camera in the wooded area at the back of the school field. I captured some super fox photos. The fox coming up to pose infront of the camera. However when I returned home a formatting error meant I lost them all leaving me rather deflated. I will try again next week and try to capture some of the birds in the garden over the weekend.

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At the start of the day my class set up some food supplies for various animals to see what we could entice out. We left some jam out, some cucumber, and some biscuit crumbs. When we returned at lunch the ants had swarmed on the jam as hoped. The cucumber had attracted snails and the birds had come to the grass. The kids were delighted running back and forth between jam spots to see the ants progress.

I’ll finish today with an RSPB song. On a day where unity, strength together has failed I think it’s worth considering our international conservation efforts. Please click the link, donate if you feel the need.