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.
Megan (in western Scotland)
We’re in Scotland! And it is stunning here – dramatic landscapes and plenty of wildlife! The topography here reminds me a bit of Iceland, with steep sided U-shaped valleys. We had a stop-off point, where I was thrilled to find my first (for 2015) Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) egg laid on Cuckooflower (also known as Lady’s Smock, Cardamine pratensis)!
After so much driving, it was a relief to get to the cottage. Once we had quickly unpacked, I was down by the shore. Almost literally sticking my nose into the rock pools to discover what was about, and calling to Matt whenever I found something cool. Considering that I find pretty much everything fascinating, he was being called over a lot! I also found some lovely otter spraint (again, sticking my nose in!) and Matt spotted a beetle which turned out to be a Two Banded Longhorn Beetle (Rhagium bifasciatum).
Matt (in Scotland)
We have arrived. And there couldn’t be a bigger contrast than there is between my last few weeks scarcely finding time to go wild, and sitting in this cottage in the shore of a Scottish loch where I can watch gannets fly past from an armchair, and admire Megan pootling about in rockpools finding strange and wonderful creatures.
My favourite wild moment today was holding my first ever crab, and feeling it walk from side to side in my hands.