30 Days Wild: Wildflower Meadows, Gloucestershire & Worcestershire
We’re half way through 30 Days Wild 2017 – hurray! For those that don’t know what this is, 30 Days Wild is a month-long celebration of all things nature & wildlife.
The Wildlife Trusts challenges those taking part to do a random act of Wildness every day throughout June. One of the main aims of 30 Days Wild is to get people more in touch with nature. This could be something small like making a daisy chain or something bigger like volunteering at your local nature reserve. Whatever the activity, as long as you’re out & about appreciating what’s in front of you, you’re good to go!
I wanted to throw myself in to the thick of it this year, having only participating slightly in 2016. I signed up, received the helpful pack & started scheduling the many things planned in June. To kick off the blog posts, I’m going to take you to some local meadows where I found myself the other weekend.
The day started in Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Chaceley Meadow. The sun was shining whilst I made my way to the nature reserve from Chaceley Church’s car park. Because of this & the quietness of the village, I had a very positive vibe about the place.
The meadow is a beautiful hotspot for wild flowers. Buttercups glowed all around & consequently, it felt like I was amongst a sea of yellow! The reserve was peaceful & I felt comfortable wandering around, snapping away. To me, this is what 30 Days Wild is all about: getting in & being surrounded by nature, taking in the little things that might pass you by on the average day.
After walking the edge of Chaceley Meadow, I stumbled upon an Ashy Mining Bee – the first I’ve ever seen!
Once back at the car, I headed to the second meadow of the day. Poolhay Meadows is not far from Chaceley but comes under The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Unfortunately, I struggled to find the exact location & walked around Corse Lawn instead.
Rather like Chaceley Meadows, the fields were alive with colour & life. Flowers were everywhere you turned, as were Bees, Butterflies & other insects that were flying from petal to petal.
The Common Spotted Orchid was definitely the best flower of the day. I’ve always wanted to see more orchids & finally found my first one last year at the Pasqueflower Nature Reserve, so finding another was pretty special.
The final reserve of the day was The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Duke of York & Ryefield Meadows. Like the previous two, it was absolutely stunning & another perfect place for a 30 Days Wild adventure.
The access was restricted at the Duke of York Reserve & thus, I spent most of the time at the Ryefield Meadow. But just like the others, it was teaming with life of all varieties. As I walked the footpath, I caught glimpses of flowers, insects & butterflies.
I even managed to make friends with the beautiful horse pictured below! This could have been as a result of all the grass I picked for him, but still!
It’s truly amazing what you can find on your local doorstep, especially when it comes to nature.
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