30 Days Wild 2022 – Week 1 recap

30 Days Wild 2022 is officially here! Although most of my content is being posted directly to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the 30 Days Wild Facebook group, I’m still creating some content for my blog too.

So let’s get started, here are Days 1-7 of #30DaysWild 🌿

Day 1 of 30 Days Wild – The Poison Garden at Alnwick Garden

I was really looking forward to this trip, I’d visited the Poison Garden before around 2015, and I’m just fascinated by the uses of plants, whether for good or potentially bad. The lore is also amazing to hear too. The gift shop has a book which you can buy which tells you more about the garden, but the tour guides are a wealth of information.

Find out more about the common plants, some of which you’d have no idea were deadly on my Alnwick Poison Garden blog post ☠️

Day 2 of 30 Days Wild – RSPB Loch Leven

Whilst travelling back up the road from Northumberland we stopped off at RSPB Loch Leven. Another place we’ve visited before, but again not for a few years.

There has been a lot of work done to the visitor centre, there is now a cafe with views over to the water, as well as a new gift shop and toilets. We started off our trip with some lunch before heading to the Wetland Trail. If you visit look out for Chris Rutherford’s amazing murals, truly stunning!

Read more about our visit, discover what wildlife we found and see Chris’ murals in my RSPB Loch Leven blog post.

Day 3 of 30 Days Wild – A Trip to Maryculter Woods

A new destination for us in Aberdeen. It’s been on my list for a few years but you know what it’s like, especially with lockdowns getting in the way the last few years. Luckily 30 Days Wild gave us the perfect excuse to visit!

This wood is managed privately by The Maryculter Woodlands Trust, a community charity. With so many other forest walks being closed since the storms earlier in 2022 it gives you a great alternative to explore.

The first thing I noticed was the abundance of small purple flowers that look like bristly stalks, which the butterflies seemed to love. What I had stumbled upon was a Bugleherb,I’d never heard of them before!

We watched some Treecreepers flit from tree to tree hunting for insects, they were impossible to photograph but see if you can spot it on the last picture on Instagram!

It was also nice to see “The Nest” a sculpture offering a home to mini beasts which was created in 2019 by now Gray’s School of Art graduate Stanley Brooks.

Day 4 of 30 Days Wild – An Evening Stroll Along the River Don

A mindful moment, see caption below ⬇️

Day 5 of 30 Days Wild – Rock Pooling at Tory Battery, Aberdeen

An adventure among the rocks. Stop and watch and you will find some creatures. Read more about what we found in my ‘Exploring the Scottish Rockpools’ blog.

Day 6 of 30 Days Wild – A spot of evening gardening

Doing a little spot of gardening today after visiting Dobbie’s. I’m particularly loving my alpine plants ❤️

Day 7 of 30 Days Wild – Reading about wildflowers

Last year I bought a couple of books that I used to read during my childhood. I love the nostalgia that comes with them, but the illustrations in the books are beautiful too. Read more about my journey back into the 90s with these wildflower books in the caption below.

Keep any eye out for Week 2 of #30DaysWild coming soon 🌿

The best places to keep up to date with my daily 30 Days Wild adventures is on my Instagram and Twitter. Come and join me ❤️

Camilla-Erika

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