Why we should all go wild
I KNOW I keep rattling on about how you need to get into the wild to see wildlife but I am proving myself right on my 30 Days Wild challenge.
I mentioned the challenge a couple of weeks ago.
The wildlife trusts are trying to get everyone to spend the month of June doing something wild every day, no matter how big or small.
My challenge has been to get to all of our 35 nature reserves in the 30 days and so far I have managed well over a third of the sites.
Apart from the travelling (traffic jam in Morecambe, missing a turning on the M6) it has obviously been a treat seeing the wide variety of places that we manage.
But the best thing about it has been the amazing wildlife I have seen on my travels.
Getting close up to common terns was a starter on the docks at Liverpool, then I saw 10 little egrets (which look like white herons) on another reserve at that end.
At Cutacre on the Wigan/Salford border I was treated to a reed bunting singing his head off on top of a bulrush.
And then I came across some rare large heath butterflies in North Lancashire after watching nesting peregrines on the cliffs at Warton Crag.
Baby animals have been a major factor in the challenge.
I was at an event when our red squirrel officer Rachel asked: “I have some baby squirrels in the car.
“Do you want to see them?” What?! Of course I did. I was introduced to the orphan, four-week-old red squirrel, whose name is Nibbles and, of course, she was gorgeous.
Rachel is having to feed her every four hours until she is strong enough to feed herself.
Eventually she will be allowed into a soft escape pen and then released back into the wild to help the red squirrel population in Formby as it continues to spread out towards the east.
Nibbles actually had a lucky escape as she was being picked on by crows when she was found.
Poor thing, but she is in the very best of hands now.
While out and about I met tiny cygnets, goslings and ducklings, all following mum and dad around and staying well out of danger.
Then there are lots of damselflies flying around our reserves in twos at the moment, keeping warm in the sun and adding wonderful colour to ponds and lakes.
When people tell me that they have been out and not seen any wildlife, my only reaction is that they couldn’t have been looking very hard.
So get outdoors and appreciate all creatures great and small.
To support the work of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside text WILD09 with the amount you want to donate to 70070.
●● Nibbles gets a feed