#30DaysWild week one: bioblitzes, butterflies, and an international visitor…

Well, we’ve reached the end of week one of 30 Days Wild. The response has been brilliant, with people all around the country getting stuck in. Ideas have ranged from walking through mud barefoot, to making elderflower cordial, to taking photos lying down and looking up in order to change your perspective on the world. We barely need to provide inspiration, because just searching #30DaysWild will provide plenty!

So instead we’re going to give you a round up of what we’ve been doing here at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust:

Day 1: Annie (Planning and Biodiversity Officer) reported in that the bluetits outside her office window had fledged

Fledgling bluetits - copyright Annie English (WWT) 2015
Fledgling bluetits – copyright Annie English (WWT) 2015

Day 2: the Senior Management Team went wild holding their weekly meeting out on the reserve, and we received a very rare international visitor

Senior Management Team meeting - copyright Ed Green (WWT) 2015
Senior Management Team meeting – copyright Ed Green (WWT) 2015
Grey phalarope at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre - this was the 3rd ever sighting in the UK of the red breeding plumage more commonly seen in Canada. Copyright Steven Cheshire (WWT) 2015
Grey phalarope at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre – this was the 3rd ever sighting in the UK of the red breeding plumage more commonly seen in Canada. Copyright Steven Cheshire (WWT) 2015

Day 3: the details are finalised for our BioBlitz on 20th June – our flagship 30 Days Wild event

Image copyright Sarah Brooks (WWT) 2015
Image copyright Sarah Brooks (WWT) 2015

Day 4: the staff indulge in a bit of wildness. Our walk included a freshly hatched common blue butterfly and a race across the meadow

Male common blue - copyright Ben Devine (WWT) 2015
Male common blue – copyright Ben Devine (WWT) 2015
Copyright Steven Cheshire (WWT) 2015
Copyright Steven Cheshire (WWT) 2015

Day 5: we receive some wonderful footage of a hedgehog exhibiting nesting behaviour. This is the only time hedgehogs are out in the daytime (unless they’re unwell), and is very unusual to see. Watch out on our website for more of this incredible insight into the lives of this lovely mammal very soon (and hopefully some hoglets in the not too distant future!)

We’ve had a fantastic week, and even though we work on nature reserves every day, or at least in an office next door, it’s reminded us of just how magical nature can be.

If you haven’t signed up already then don’t worry. There’s still time – just click here to have a wild rest of your June!

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