Thursday, 30 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 30 - A Cambridge Safari

Today we went for walk round the centre of Cambridge following a trail set by the Zoology museum looking for animals hiding in the architecture of Cambridge.  We also spotted some real animals in the form of pigeons, blackbirds and a gold finch!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 29 - releasing our butterflies

Having started our caterpillar journey on day 6 of this challenge , watching the caterpillars grow and then become a chrysalis before emerging as a butterfly. Today (as it wasn't raining) we then released them.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 28 - Owl Pellets

I ordered some owl pellets from The Barn Owl Trust (although as you get 2 pellets to a pack I didn't need 1 pack a child - I think 1 between 2 would have been fine!). Each pack of pellets also comes with tweezers, magnifier, wooden probe, gloves, safety sheet and analysis leaflet.

We enjoyed pulling apart the fur to find the bones (luckily the pellets I bought have been treated so no clothes moth lava to be found in them!).  Thanks to the guide it was easy to identify the different bones and we could separate the lower jaw bones into vole, mouse and shrew.. and we could even start to work out types (although I found the mouse ones hard!)

Monday, 27 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 27 - Walk round the Botanical Gardens

Today, after school, we went for a wonder round the Botanical Gardens (to be honest this is how I imagined my 30 days wild challenge to be; nipping out somewhere after work, wonder round, go home - but what with the weather and G's leg it was not to be!). Myself, I and P walked round, G sat on the grass whilst E was gym! I took lots of photos whilst P ran about (especially enjoying the stepping stones!)

Saturday, 25 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 25 - a river and bird's eye view of our city

Today we decided to see what nature we could observe from river level. We enjoyed a guided punt tour.

Then we climbed Great St Mary's Tower for a bird's eye view over our city and to remind ourselves how lucky we are to have some many green spaces!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 23 - Webcams

Today brought more rain so we stayed home and watched some wild webcams to experience the sights and sounds of nature!

somserset barn owl 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 22 - looking at trees

Today we went to the park and looked at the trees there. We saw their bark is different, their leaves and some of them had begun to grow fruit/seeds!


 We did some bark rubbing!

We even found insects!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 21: Homework in the garden

Still confined to our house due to G's leg, we took advance of a rare bit of sun to enjoy the wilds of the garden whilst the girls did their homework!

Monday, 20 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 20: Summer Soltice and Strawberry full moon

Today after yet more rain, we went out into the garden and did sun salutations in the garden.

Later on I and i went out and looked at the moon and I took some terrible photos of it before the clouds came over.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 18: Slugs and Snails

Today after yet more rain and then bright sun we went on a slug and snail hunt! We found a lot more slugs than snails... no wonder our seedlings have been eaten!

Friday, 17 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 17: Making insects

Today we made our own insects. We painted a tube, used glitter glue on acetate sheets for the wings and stuck on pipe cleaner legs and eyes.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 16: Designing seed packets

Today, whilst the rain continued to fall the girls designed their own plants and seed packets (a printable from Sparklebox). 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

#30dayswild Day 15: Looking for bees

Today we spent time watching the honey and bumble bees in our garden. It was amazing watching them flying from flower to flower!