Time to walk on wild side

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

JUST how much do you em­brace the wild and nat­u­ral ar­eas near to your home? Do you spend too much time in­doors?

Here at The Lancashire Wildlife Trust, we are gear­ing up for our an­nual 30 Days Wild Cam­paign, aimed at get­ting peo­ple into the Great Out­doors.

The cam­paign is a chal­lenge to get peo­ple to do some­thing wild ev­ery day in June.

It can be any­thing from feed­ing the birds on your bird table to climb­ing a big hill just to look at the won­der­ful green ar­eas stretch­ing out across the North West re­gion.

To dog own­ers, like my­self, get­ting up and out into the woods ev­ery day is noth­ing new and I have to ad­mit that with­out my daily strolls with our Al­fie I would not see half the wild sights that I talk about here.

Curlew of­ten fly over­head at this time of year, roe deer are vis­i­ble early in the morn­ing and a wood­cock once flew straight to­wards me be­fore veer­ing off into the bushes.

Over the past 10 years I have seen red deer, great spot­ted wood­pecker, treecreeper, brown hare, fox, black­cap, nuthatch and dip­per.

So get­ting out ev­ery day will give you the op­por­tu­nity to see wildlife.

For those of you with the in­ter­net, you can log onto our web­site www. lanc­swt.org.uk and get a cal­en­dar to mon­i­tor your progress and re­ceive some Ran­dom Acts of Wild­ness. These are just ideas of how you can spend your 30 days in June.

I have to ad­mit that one or two of these are a bit hippy dippy for a lot of peo­ple’s tastes – hug­ging trees, stand­ing bare­foot in grass – but they gen­er­ally do of­fer a chance to look at na­ture in a dif­fer­ent way.

Per­son­ally I will be vis­it­ing all 37 of our na­ture re­serves and, hope­fully, see­ing wildlife that I have never seen be­fore. You can get in­volved at any level and it would be nice to hear about your favourite wildlife ex­pe­ri­ences – by let­ter to the news­pa­per or on Twit­ter (@lanc­swildlife) or Face­book.

Things I love in­clude wan­der­ing through car­pets of wild gar­lic, ex­cit­ing many of my senses. In spring and early sum­mer the smell is amaz­ing although it tends to make me hun­gry. Also known as ran­soms, wild gar­lic flow­ers in spring and is a great source of early pollen for in­sects. If the clouds are low-ly­ing it is a great time to be in the mead­ows.

So what­ever the weather join our 30 Days Wild chal­lenge along with tens of thou­sands of other peo­ple.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manch­ester and North Mersey­side is ded­i­cated to the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of the wildlife in Lancashire, seven bor­oughs of Greater Manch­ester and four of Mersey­side, all ly­ing north of the River Mersey. To be­come a mem­ber of the Trust go to the web­site at www. lanc­swt.org.uk or call 01772 324129. For more in­for­ma­tion about Cheshire Wildlife Trust call 01948 820728 or go to cheshirewil­dlifetrust. org.uk.

●● A heron is al­ways a wel­come sight

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