Day 20: 30 Days Wild – Random act of Wildness

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I have a slight passion for saving the bees (understatement).

I don’t think we realise just how much we rely on bees! They contribute over £400 million over annum to our economy through pollinating many of our commercial crops.

Bees are at risk to climate change, habitat loss and exposure to harmful pesticides.

Changes in how we farm also means there loads less wild flower fields in our landscapes.

But we can help turn things around. We can save the humble bumble and friends. Together.

I am giving away little packets of wild flower seeds mixed with silver sand (for even spreading). Thought of it all and stamped with a little love.

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If you want a packet let me know!

On Saturday with the Friends of Hornby Plantation we are having a save the bees action afternoon, 2pm onwards.

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If you are in the area please pop by! I’ll also have a few packets with me there.

Buzzin.

Day 19: 30 Days Wild – Frack Free Mansfield

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Tonight I attended our monthly Frack Free Mansfield meeting and there was an awful lot to discuss.

I joined the group for two main reasons: my passion for protecting our environment and wildlife and the ever growing threat we face in our area from the chemicals giant INEOS.

Tonight we begun by discussing the letters we are writing to our new conservative MP. He’s going to have a bulging mail box. You can read my letter here.

The main threat in our district at the moment is in Warsop. We will fight every step of the way and there will be a public meeting in Warsop with INEOS in October as part of a tour they seem to be doing.

We will have a stall at the Warsop Carnival on 2nd July raising awareness and spreading the word.

In other areas in our county up the road near Thoresby and over in Creswell Seismic testing has already begun and active.

On our border at Harthill in Rotherham the trucks have already begun to set in.

It’s happening all around us and the fight to protect our environment could not be more vital.

We also need to target the land owners who are ever tempted by INEOS’ limitless cheque book.

Below is a leaflet that I have designed for our group which we are crowd funding to get printed.

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If more people knew just what is at risk and the extent of the ever nearing threat, the protest against fracking will grow unbeatable.

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Day 18: 30 Days Wild – Official allotment owner

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Today we officially became allotment owners and I could not be more excited for this new adventure.

We met a nice bloke called Ken from our local allotment trust who showed us the available plots. They all needed a lot of clearing but we chose the one near the chickens.

My garden consultant (mother) has lent me a book on allotments and already we have begun to plan what on earth we can do with this currently over grown piece of land.

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I really want to make it as wildlife friendly as possible so we will have a wildflower area, a hedgehog home and a butterfly drinking hole.

Veg wise we’ve decided on potatoes, golden beetroot, raspberries bushes, blueberry bushes, pak choi, garlic (I use it by the bulb), onions and purple sprouting broccoli.

We now need to start gathering some tools and a storage box before we plod back up on Saturday to begin the transformation.

Day 17: 30 Days Wild – The perfect reading spot

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All hail the weather gods for this wonderful sunshine we have been gifted!

It’s such a nice day and I knew if I didn’t get out there I would be just sat inside on my laptop designing stuff. So I decided this afternoon I would go in search of that perfect reading spot.

Off we plodded up to Maun Valley Nature Park yet again. We found a splendid spot under a tree and plonked ourselves down  to get lost in our books.

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Sat amongst nature 

I’ve been reading Paris for One by Jo Moyles and Olly was reading some sci-fi rubbish with no women in it even.

Unfortunately I soon realised Olly should have stayed at home. The constant sniffling, sneezing and spluttering as a result of Olly’s hay fever suffering kind of took away the peaceful, scenic atmosphere. Sorry Olly.

If it wasn’t so hot I would have sat by the river banks, but even then I think I would just get distracted by the fish and a possible king fisher sighting.

It was good to have a change of scenery and sit amongst nature while getting taken away to the world within a book. Although I would suggest leaving hay fever suffers at home.

We were also disrupted by a dog of whom then decided to have a little tinkle next to us… Charming.

Day 16: 30 Days Wild – Garden Update

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Tonight I thought I would spend some time in my garden after a hectic week dealing with the aftermath of the election at work.

I dead headed some of my violas and gave everything a good water. It’s so relaxing listening to the birds and feeling the breeze after being coughed on by the air conditioning and listening to moaning voices all day.

My main excitement is I have seven ripe and ready to eat strawberries. There would have been a couple more but the slugs beat me to them.

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What I call chuffed

The cherries on my tree are beginning to turn! Just hope I can beat the birds to them.

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Too excited over ripening cherries

The agapanthus is looking like it’s about to burst into flower any day and lots of other little plants I have in pots are looking blooming wonderful!

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I’m really happy with how my garden is looking and how it is attracting plenty of bees and the like. Slugs not so welcome.

On Sunday we are going to look at a possible allotment space around the corner from where we live. I’ve got lots of plans already, mostly involving garlic.

Day 15: 30 Days Wild – Clean Air Day

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We are already half way through 30 Days wild. I won’t know what to do with myself when it’s over!

Today is the first ever National Clean Air Day! Finally another way to get across the importance of the immediate changes we need to make in order to tackle the rapid rates of climate change.

Nitrogen levels are far too high and this is having a dire consequence on our wildlife.

Here are a few ways we contribute to cleaner air:

  • Leave your car at home and walk once in a while. This also has an added benefit for your health.

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  • Ask yourself do you really need to put the heating on? perhaps a super cozy jumper will do instead?

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  • Do the standby sweep. Check there isn’t anything left on standby or anything on charge that doesn’t need it.

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  • Turn your car engine off when you are stationary.

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  • Public Transport isn’t that bad. Why not leave your car and get the bus or tram into work?

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  •  Plant more trees! Trees are so important in so many ways and especially when it comes to our air.

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  • Switch to renewables. Fossil fuels have created this public health emergency we have on our hands with air pollution.

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Really hope we can make this day bigger and better each year and really push our government to take urgent action. We need it, the future needs it and our Wildlife needs it.

 

 

Day 14: 30 Days Wild – Making a donation

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The Wildlife Trust is an organisation that has been a part of me for a very long time.

Back in the day me and brother used to receive the Wildlife Trust kids magazine, which was the highlight of our month. Now I’m involved with a local friends group and we’ve worked with our local wildlife conservation officer in the past and hopefully again soon in the future.

Today is pay day for me so I have made a £10 donation plus gift aid to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Thank you Wildlife Trusts for all the hard work and dedication towards protecting our wildlife.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been going for 50 years and continues to commit to our county’s wildlife and wild spaces.

I really hope #30DaysWild has opened more people’s eyes to the wildlife around us and the action we need to take so that future generations can take part too.