Each year the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Day's Wild challenge gains in popularity. Thousands of people take part, celebrating and sharing the ways they have engaged with nature, and their observations about our natural world. But, how have Hampshire & Isle of Wight staff been spending 30 Day's Wild? Company Secretary, Clive Chatters, shares with us his first wild week.
Day 1. Spring is over.
Spring is over. Every tree is full of leaf and Elder bushes hang heavy with flat‐bottomed blossom. There are some years when the progress of the seasons is reassuringly steady with the natural world following an orderly regime, this is not such a year. The weather has crashed through the gearbox of the last few months with the wettest, mildest winter in memory terminating with a lurch into hot sunshine and late frosts. The usual closed‐canopy of Bracken in the hedge‐bottom by my daily walk has been pinched by the cold, so freeing‐up the Bluebells to lay in extra stores for next years flowers. For everything that is set back so there is something that benefits. The frosts of early May hit us just as the annual swarm of Sawflys took flight. By now, in ‘normal’ years, the Solomon’s Seal in my garden would have been shredded by waving ranks of their larvae, instead the ephemeral beauty of this springtime favourite will fade at a different pace. This is not a normal year with the next 30 days offering no promises but with that uncertainty comes the excitement of unpredictable revelations.