30 Days Wild – Day 21

Plenty of opportunities to connect with nature today – I spent a day out tree climbing inspecting potential features for roosting bats. We didn’t find any bats but a treecreeper nest with three chicks was a real highlight – this was in a cavity behind some lifted bark, almost impossible to spot from the ground. As soon as I found the next, I moved away to another part of the tree and soon the parents were happily foraging around the canopy and continuing to visit the nest so they didn’t seem disturbed.

I called by a Warwickshire Wildlife Site on the way home – this was Shadowbrook Meadows, just near Birmingham Airport.

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Common spotted orchid

I only had a little while to wander around but spotted lots of dayflying moths as well as various butterflies including a very fresh looking small tortoiseshell basking.

One of my favourite patches of vegetation was beside a pond – the pink flowers of ragged robin looked exquisite with a background of white flowering bedstraw around the margins.

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Ragged robin

Common vetch is one of those species which is so easily taken for granted, but these purple flowers are another favourite of mine. As I write this, I’m wondering if I have too many favourites….

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Common vetch

Finally, I saw my first flowering meadowsweet of the year – these frothy creamy flowerheads are a mid-summer spectacular of wetter areas and will be in full flower in a week or two’s time!

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Meadowsweet

Once again, the NatureFinder App provides an excellent new place to explore for #30dayswild!

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