30 Days Wild - Day Eight - Take a note of nature

30 Days Wild - Day Eight - Take a note of nature

Ryan Clark

Taking note of nature on your lunchbreak...

Like many people, I like to get out of the office and get some fresh air at lunchtime. I am very lucky to be based at Lings nature reserve on the outskirts of Northampton, which is packed with wildlife. One thing I particularly like doing during my breaks is to make a list of the species I see. This is really enjoyable and encourages me to look closer at the wildlife around me, but is also very important as my records feed into local and national databases.

We cannot conserve species if we do not know where they are found and what they are doing. So, unlikley as it may seem to some, spreadsheets and databases ultimately save wildlife. Sending in biological records does take time, but they build up a picture of the species found around us, and it is great to look back at what you have seen!

Anyone can take part in biological recording, so why not take a minute during this lunchbreak to notice and record the wildlife around you?

You can find out more information about biological recording and get support with submitting records from your Local Records Centre: for CambridgeshireBedfordshire or Northamptonshire

Four types of bee found at Lings nature reserve by Ryan Clarke

Some of the bees I have seen at the Lings nature reserve in the last week or so.

Events during June for 30 Days Wild...

We've got loads going on all through June to help you go wild in our three counties. Visit our calendar for a full list of events.

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Ways to go wild...

Keep a wildlife diary for June: record what you see, where you see it, what it's doing and anything else about it you find interesting in a little notebook you can carry around. Perhaps even do a drawing of it! Then look back and be amazed at all the wild things around you...