Welcome to our joint-blogging series for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild Challenge – you can read more about the campaign and ourselves in our introduction page.
Matt (in Worcestershire)
Today was the first day of my holiday. But much of it has been spent working in front of a laptop.
That’s because today is Rainforest: Live day – a project I set up and ran today for the second year in a row.
Organisations across the world have been using social media to share live wildlife sightings from their jungles.
It provides a window into what it’s like to be in a rainforest and reminds us of the positive reasons to save these incredibly special places.
The other part of my day was spent visiting an old haunt – an abandoned quarry that I know is home to a pair of peregrines.
Sure enough they were there, along with a juvenile bird they have raised this year.
I ran through the flowers chasing butterflies I wanted to identify, listened to birdsong and watched peregrines soar overhead. Today truly has been a wild day.
In real life I’ve experienced some of the best of UK wildlife; via social media I’ve witnessed some of the best wildlife our planet has to offer.
Megan (in Worcestershire)
Yes, we are in the same place again! Always a very exciting occurrence when you’re in a long distance relationship with someone. And almost straight away we were out watching wildlife together, as Matt wanted to show me a peregrine site. I wasn’t going to say no – I have only seen one peregrine previously, and it was for about 1 1/2 seconds!
I loved the abandoned quarry immediately, it was alive with birdsong and bright wildflowers, whilst butterflies, bees and moths were buzzing and flitting about on their business. And guess what? We saw the peregrine! Actually, we saw (and heard) 3 of them!! Two adults and a juvenile! Our British wildlife really is fantastic!
In addition, I have been helping Matt a bit with the running of #rainforestlive. It is fascinating to see the wildlife being spotted in rainforests around the world today – do go and check it out!