Can you believe that #30DaysWild is nearly over!? I can’t! Guess I’m going to have to #staywild again this year! Today being a Wednesday its my volunteering day, so thats what my post is going to focus on for today, but first, some facts from my AA Book of the British Countryside, because I haven’t done many facts recently (and yes, we are still in the ‘B’ section…opps!)
- There is a ‘rather rare’ (book’s words, not mine there!) beetle called a blister beetle which actually causes blisters. It body contains a chemical called catharidin, which is what causes the blisters, and was used medically as a counter-irritant.
- Bluebells survive most of the year as a small, white, juice-filled bulb.
- There are eight species of blue butterflies in Britain, but they aren’t all blue! Blue doesn’t necessarily refer to the colour, merely the type of butterfly.
Some more random facts for you. Now, onto the adventure!
Today with the Spring Common group at Godmanchester we were clearing around another kissing gate and clearing a collection of brambles that were coming up under the oak trees at coronation corner. Its lovely to get out in the wild with these teenagers. I hope that our work with them has maybe inspired them to get closer to nature and to give them ideas of what they can do when they finish their education.
I’m a firm believer that all children should be able to spend a small amount of time in nature every day, but sadly in todays world, this doesn’t always happen. Nature can spark the imagination and is always changing so there’s always something new to learn. When I have children I hope to inspire them with nature.
I’d just like to do a short post for today, so I’ll leave it there with some pictures from the morning and a haiku on inspiring a wild child.
Show them fields,
Mountains, insects or mammals
Inspire a wild child.