Back in 2015 when I first got involved with 30 Days Wild I lived in a much more rural area, which was perfect for spotting all kinds of plantlife. One of my favourite spots was this lovely perennial cornflower which to this day, remains one of my favourite flowers. I love the deep blues and purples and when these bloomed I always lots of bees and other flying insects flocking to them.
It’s finally that time of year again where 30 Days Wild is upon us and I am loving every second. I always enjoy getting involved and have to thank the lovely Louise from Ramblings of a Roachling for first introducing me to it a few years ago. This will be the third time I take part and each year brings with it new and exciting opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wild! I’ll be writing a roundup post over on my main blog The Happy Larkspur every week, with the first post due to go up this Sunday, with the highlights from what I’ve been discovering and doing, but if you want to see daily updates from me you can find them on my Twitter account here, or click the little Twitter banner on the side of my blog as well. I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite throwback photos from previous years here on this blog, so until then, happy wildlife spotting!
During the final year of living in Milton Keynes I was lucky enough to spot this beautiful angle shades moth out in the garden. It was a lovely, warm day around mid May back in 2013, and I found this little one resting on the stone steps in our garden. It was lucky I spotted him when I did as I almost stood on this moth! I hadn’t spotted one before and I was completely enchanted by it’s lovely colouring and pattern on the wings. They do remind me of autumn leaves, with their wing shape and length, any they’re definitely one of my favourite moths.
It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here and I apologise for that. Life has been running away with me! In my part of the world the countryside has really come to life with beautiful hawthorn blossoms and bluebells, while the local town is full of the distinctive calls from the seagulls and the sight of rabbits grazing the hedgerows at dusk. The promise of summer is definitely on the air and it’s been gorgeously hot here in Cumbria too! This kind of weather takes me back to my final year of university where our revision sessions were taken outside, and I often had the chance to do some wildlife spotting in-between. One of those days was when I spotted the lovely, emerald green flower beetle basking on the leaves above.
In the centre of Bath you have a number of green spaces to bring some colour and coolness to the city, and when you get five minutes to stop and relax, you can often spot little visiting squirrels like the one above, who was foraging for something along this bench during the early summertime, hence all of the lush greenery in the park!
When I first moved up to Cumbria, the area my family and I settled in was nice and rural, situated close to farmland, while still being a stone’s throw from the local village and a 20 minute walk from the town centre. For most of my life I’d lived either in the suburbs or close to the town centre, so being able to go outside and see fields full of sheep each morning was a little unreal, and I often had to pinch myself as I’d always dreamed of living somewhere like this! I now live back in the village in a suburban area, much closer to the town, which is handy for getting into town and being closer to local businesses, but I often miss the wildness of where we first landed, so this lovely photo of some golden-yellow biting stonecrop with a lovely bumblebee foraging on top, that I took back in 2014, helps me to remember!
I got these two photos on one of the first evenings in Cumbria, back in 2014. I was walking along, near the Derwent down by Workington, and the hedgerows were full of life and colour. There were a fair few people out and about around this time, walking their dogs and enjoying the sunshine, it was beautiful. These lovely, pastel blue devil’s-bit scabious were everywhere, and on this particular flower head was a very happy, and hard-working bee.