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30 Days Wild: Get Grounded

Few feelings beat dewy grass under aching feet. Standing barefoot on the lawn was a welcome start to the day. The flowers were waking and the sky was bright. Walking barefoot on sand or even pebbles can be blissful too. Feel the ground beneath your feet – and dip a toe in the water if […]

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30 Days Wild: Dragons and Damsels

Though I’ve long loved the canal, I hadn’t seen a dragonfly for years. I didn’t even realise damselflies look similar. I discovered this after spotting lots of glorious banded demoiselle damselflies (I think) flying along the canal, and attempting to ID them. The dramatic dark wings were a clue – and the kind person who […]

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30 Days Wild: See the Rainbow

At this time of year, so many flowers are in bloom that it’s easy to find a rainbow of colour. It’s also a good way to become more mindful as you walk, actively noticing all the flowers rather than taking them for granted. Different pollinators are attracted to different colours so if you have a […]

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30 Days Wild: Appreciate a Tree

It’s easy to take trees for granted. How many trees do you pass every day without even knowing what type they are? Yet they clean our air, keep us cool, and provide wood for shelter, fire and making many everyday objects. They also communicate with each other, and provide homes for all manner of creatures. […]

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30 Days Wild: Enjoy Nature’s Bounty

Making elderflower cordial is one of the highlights of late spring (and #30DaysWild). The distinctive aroma marks the start of elderflower season, and the delicate flowers are easy to recognise (though never let children forage alone for safety). While most cordial recipes call for 25 or so heads of elderflower, I double this (or more) […]

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30 Days Wild: Explore Nature Folklore

Thursdays are #FolkloreThursday on Twitter: a great opportunity to learn about the stories that have passed through time, and share your folklore knowledge. I’ve long been a fan of folklore. These are a few of my favourite nature stories. The elder is beloved by fairies, and falling asleep under an elder bush could see you […]

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30 Days Wild: Rock Your World

Connecting with nature doesn’t always have to involve getting outdoors. Nature art can be a fun way to ‘bring the outdoors indoors’ – and spend a grey afternoon. Rock painting is a growing trend at the moment. Local groups are springing up on social media and people are hiding painted rocks across the country, for […]

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