Staying Wild

How did everyone get on with #30DaysWild last month?
I must confess to being a bit erratic with it this year – erratic with posting stuff at least. I find the challenge was not so much finding the daily wild moments (and this in itself is a huge measure of the scheme’s success, is it not?). Rather it was the finding time and energy to compose my social media posts on it. I probably set my own bar too high, to be honest.

I managed seven posts in June on the blog that I set out to keep for #30DaysWild. I tell myself that quality is more important than quantity. To be fair I never promised myself to do a daily blog this year- that was last year’s experiment and was a fun personal challenge and great blogging practice but hard going. Here is a post from last year summarizing all of the 2017 submissions for 30 Days Wild, if you are interested: Life after #30dayswild

When judged by my Instagram gallery I did somewhat better, for I shared a rather more respectable tally of twenty-one posts in June, mostly multiple image posts, which takes some extra effort than my normal fare on Instagram. Some of these corresponded to a WordPress blog post expanding on the same theme. (Which was kind of my plan all along – to use Instagram and Wordpress hand in hand.)
Here is my Instagram by the way :
www.instagram.com/timburkinshaw

So now it’s all over for another year, some people are continuing to #StayWild or even to practice #365DaysWild. For me, nature is a routine part of my daily life and work and while I’d like to think that this was the case before the Wildlife Trusts came up with the 30DaysWild challenge, the truth is that engaging with the campaign over the last few years each June has definitely honed my skill at tuning in to the subtle, small wild details around me in my normal routines, (such as the daily commute), as well as the more obvious, attention-grabbing natural spectacles I’m lucky enough to encounter from time to time in the course of my work or my recreational time – the visits to nature reserves and conservation sites in North and East Yorkshire or further afield.

Beginning this Saturday a national #UKBioblitz will tour the UK, spearheaded by Chris Packham that broadcaster in the vanguard of natural history presenters,  over a fortnight. His campaign ‘Nature Reserves are Not Enough’, is attempting to raise the public consciousness that while we still are blessed with some fabulous wildlife reserves in the UK, our journeys to visit them are, as often as not passing through areas bereft of nature. It is this decline in biodiversity across the wider countryside which so exercises Chris and his kin.  The bioblitz concept – a sort of biological recording marathon – is not only a means to raise awareness of biodiversity at local level, but also to collect scientifically useful data cataloguing the species we have in our local neighbourhoods before it potentially vanishes.

The UK Bioblitz visits Filey next Tuesday and Wednesday, with Chris himself expected sometime Weds evg. You can read more about it here in a blog I did for Connecting for Nature recently. I hope you will be able to join the wonderful experts assembled by Filey Bird Observatory and Group (FBOG) for this nature-data-fest, as there are some superb public walks, tours and demos laid on, all free to attend.

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