An impromptu trip to Marden Meadow to celebrate the start of #30DaysWild
Marden Meadow is a small nature reserve based between Marden and Staplehurst managed by Kent Wildlife Trust. An unimproved hay meadow, it is home to a number of orchids as well as daises, vetches and wild grass, one of the few left in this country.
With the weather warming up I was concerned that I had left it a bit late this year. The orchids were looking a little past their best but the buttercups and grasses were just beautiful, gently blowing in the wind.
It's really difficult to capture the essence of this place in a few photographs ... the scale, the movement, the hum. So beautiful and tranquil.
I'm a little worried by how few insects there were. During visits in previous years I have noticed bumblebee nests and all manner of insects buzzing about. This year there were plenty of CraneFly, a couple of butterflies but little else. My garden is similarly quiet and I suspect a very cold dry April followed by an equally cold but non-stop rain May is having an impact on insects.
30 Days Wild is billed as "The UK's biggest nature challenge!"
A challenge to do one wild thing a day throughout June!
If you sign up through the Wildlife Trusts website, you'll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild throughout June (and beyond!). Follow the hashtag on social media for lots more inspiration and helpful hints. This was one of my first introductions to all the wonderful nature nerds out there! Don't worry if you missed the start - just join in when you are ready.
If I had known then what I know now
I would have started this diary years ago
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