CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today CLICK HERE

What to do in Dorset this June for 30 Days Wild

PUBLISHED: 11:28 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 26 May 2017

Marcia admiring the bluebells at Pamphill (Photo by Ian Douglas Julian, natureandpictures.com)

Marcia admiring the bluebells at Pamphill (Photo by Ian Douglas Julian, natureandpictures.com)

Archant

After moving from London to Dorset, Marcia Moody started to reconnect with nature and now she can’t wait to take part in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild in June

When I was little, I would touch a blade of grass to an electric fence near our house because I wanted to know what it felt like. I knew I shouldn’t touch the fence directly, but there’s that desire in all of us to experience things for ourselves in order to learn. We gain knowledge from books, websites and the people around us, but although watching a sunrise on screen is beautiful, it doesn’t compare to feeling the warmth on your face, and seeing the colour and light flood all around you. The most valuable, moving and memorable times in our lives are the ones we experience for ourselves, and I’ve realised that most of mine - big and small - are framed by nature.

Growing up in the countryside my childhood was a time of snowball fights, makeshift barbecues, pressing flowers, feeding hedgehogs, scanning the night sky for comets, and, er collecting snails so I could colour their shells with felt pens. Later, while on a post-university trip to Australia, I even experienced the hold-your-breath gentle splash and sighting of a duck-billed platypus.

Experiences like these deepened my love of the natural world in profound ways, and made me who I am, and while I worked all hours as a writer in London I lived for travel assignments that took me back to nature. One of my most memorable wild encounters was during a safari in South Africa. I watched as a lioness stalked towards me, her muzzle pale pink with blood from a recent kill; I could see the muscles rippling in her haunches, the mud on her fur and the scars on her face.

As we get older, life crowds in, and before you can say ‘fixed rate mortgage’ our minds are occupied with work, child-rearing and direct debits. In London, although I got to travel, I was packed into heaving tube carriages twice daily. Milling about with others who were all scowls, increasingly I didn’t like my day-to-day life.

So I followed my family to Dorset. The fresh air, open spaces and access to nature here is a bit of a revelation. I can breathe again! Already this year I’ve seen starling murmurations in January, explored Thorncombe Woods in February, went otter-spotting in March, admired fragrant carpets of bluebells in April, and in May I’ve been making an early start to listen to the dawn chorus. Having experienced such a wonderful array of local wildlife encounters, I can’t wait to get stuck into June! 


30 Days Wild: What Will You Do?

For the past three years The Wildlife Trusts have encouraged people across the UK to get out in nature every day in June for 30 Days Wild. Sign up for your free pack at mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild. Here are some ideas to help you get a little bit wilder in June:

• Eat outdoors or better still pack a picnic and go on an adventure in the Dorset coast and countryside.

• Join a local wildlife appreciation group or go on one of the many Dorset Wildlife Trust events that happen every month.

• Keep a sunset diary. Google the types of clouds you see to find out more.

• Take part in a nature survey like the Great Chesil Bioblitz (25 June).

• Plant seedbombs of nectar rich plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your window box, garden, park or school

• Take your camera outside and photograph nature. As soon as you start focussing, you notice so much more!

• Head to the coast for beginner-friendly kayaking, paddle-boarding or go rock pooling or eco crabbing at Kimmeridge.

• Explore Dorset’s ancient woodland, rolling countryside, coast, heaths and wetlands on one of DWT’s many guided nature walks.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dorset visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dorset staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dorset account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Friday, December 7, 2018

This easy walk takes us into Hardy territory as well offering some glorious views towards Weymouth and Portland

Read more
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Here are some Dorset walks, easy and challenging, to get you out and about over the festive period

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

If you’re willing to brave the cold this Christmas Day, check out Dorset’s festive swim calendar for the best organised dips taking place in 2018

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Confusion reigns on the county’s eastern border

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to German Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Dorset this season

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

From your first step, you will see superb views from hilltops and farmland footpaths on this walk

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Martin Clunes and his family have called West Dorset home for over two decades. Here he shares some of their favourite local places

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One we visit some of the memorials erected across Dorset to remember the fallen in the ‘war to end all wars’

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

This lovely walk takes us from watercress beds to a church famous for its life-size carvings of apostles

Read more
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Autumn is a great time to brush up on your gardening knowledge with the help of some experts, as well as see some well known gardens in a different light

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The guide to Dorset’s best firework displays and bonfire events happening in 2018

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Prepare to experience the paranormal this Hallowe’en as Visit Dorset reveals some of the county’s most haunted pubs, stately homes, historic buildings and tanks

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

Dorset villages are some of the most beautiful in England – think winding lanes, thatched cottages and a cosy pub or welcoming tea room. We suggest ten of the prettiest villages to visit in the county

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans on this lovely walk that takes in rare habitat, ancient woodland and glorious views

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search