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The #30DaysWild Communities Team Go Bananas!

Posted: Friday 16th June 2017 by WildCommunities

Following the immense success of 30DaysWild in previous years, the Wild Communities Team, Pauline, Chris and Sarah are doing the challenge as a team. Here's what they've been up to!

30DaysWild asks you to make room for nature each June, no matter how busy your life. You can even Tweet or Facebook your antics using the #30DaysWild hashtag. Need inspiration? The Wildlife Trusts have BUCKETS of ‘Random Acts of Wildness’.

We are yet to convince Chris to get a facemask on (though there’s no doubt he’d look amazing) but we have been up to lots of other things. Why not get your own team together for the final half of June?

#1 We kicked off the challenge in style, heading up to the gloriously sunny Allt Rhongyr nature reserve to take in the views and learn about it’s Geological roots with Alan Bowring, a rock star of an Geologist! (Sorry for the pun Alan)

#2 With our volunteers we ‘Surveyed like Scientists’ sweeping up and down the meadows of Ystradfawr nature reserve in Ystradgynlais, and counting over 400 mauve and deep purple Southern and Northern Marsh Orchids, among the candy floss pink Ragged Robin, and bright yellow Buttercups.

#3 Saturday: Pauline got togged up and went Caving, Chris hit the Allotment, and Sarah added mashed up fresh mint leaves from the garden to a refreshing Mojito!

#4 Sunday: Sarah went Butterfly Surveying on the Gower, Chris napped in nature (zzzzzzz!) and Pauline patiently fed a very bold little robin by hand! A good day all round.

#5 Despite our wild picnic being thwarted by the rain, we were not to be deterred, and instead headed out at lunchtime and danced in a downpour! (then ran back to the office)

#6 We channelled our inner nerds and swotted up on the ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles on a course with The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

#7 Putting our knowledge to use, we headed out and counted handfuls of Sloworms, Grass Snakes and the odd Lizard! It reminded us how close we live to these beautiful, (seemingly invisible) and harmless creatures every day.

We ended the first week invigorated are ready for more fun! We hope we have inspired you to have a wild month too!

Thanks, Sarah, Project Assistant



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