Monday, 29 June 2015

30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday in June 2015 - Week 4


30 Days wild - A Wildlife Trusts initiative for June 2015


Monday 22 June 2015



30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday


Day 22 - Walking in Compton Woods after school and smelling the wild garlic and flowers. I am really lucky to have such beautiful woods just at the top of my lane.



Flowers on a Hawthorn, Compton Woods, Compton Martin, Bristol
Photograph taken and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig 



Tuesday 23 June 2015


30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday


Day 23 - Watching a Pond Skater on my garden wildlife pond


Today after school as I walked home, I stopped and had a look on my pond to see what I could see. As well as damselfly mating, there were a load of Pond Skater on the pond with one or two close enough for me to take a photo with my I-phone.


Pond Skater on wildlife pond, Compton Martin, Bristol
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig



Wildlife pond, Compton Martin, Bristol
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig



Wednesday 24 June 2015



30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday


Day 24 - Today after school, on my way home, I stopped off and went into the field opposite out house. This is the same field that I went into earlier in the month, enjoyed the scenery in a wildflower meadow and danced in an isolated spot. 

However, since then the grass and flowers had been cut short and taken away by a farmer.  I went into the field to see what had changed with the grass cut.



Set aside in the field opposite our house, looking back towards it, Compton Martin, Bristol
Photograph taken by Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig 


I was really pleased to see that this year the farmer had left a set aside all around the field.  He normally leaves a section at the top, as it is steep and so he can't safely get his machinery up there. This year he had left a small section all around the field.

I walked to the top of the field and enjoyed watching the long grassy wildflower set aside alive with bees, butterflies and insects.  It was beautiful to see and feel.




                                   Set aside in the field opposite our house, Compton Martin, Bristol
                                        Photograph taken by Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig



Imagine what Compton Martin would look like if rewilding was applied here and the fields were not cut at all and cows and sheep were not brought into the village, impacting on rights of way and our surroundings.  Imagine natural wildflower meadows the whole summer.  I wonder how much our village farmer earns for hay and grazing in any year? Would he let it rewild if we paid him to leave it as wildflower meadows?  Or would he be too worried that rewilding his fields would mean that they could never be built on?

Our fields go from the road to the woods, wouldn't it be amazing if this corridor was as nature intended it?  Tell me what you think by leaving a comment.


Set aside in the field opposite our house, Compton Martin, Bristol
Photograph taken by Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Thursday 25 June 2015


30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday


Day 25 - Today I went for a walk up our lane and recorded a Chiffchaff singing loudly.  It is truly lovely to hear 

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We used to have some decent recording gear, but it got stolen on the way home from Australia.  I would have liked to have recorded a dawn chorus but mid week is a bit optimistic for that!



Friday 26 June 2015


30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday

Day 26 - Today I took my Scout group to the Mendips to look for Nightjar.  It was amazing to watch the group so excited at just hearing a bird churring.

Most of my Scout group don't know anything about birds and so I think it is really important to try and get them interested.  



Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig with Scouts looking for Nightjar, Stockhill, Somerset
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


Saturday 27 June 2015



30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday

Day 27 - Going to the Festival of Nature in Bath


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at The Festival of Nature, Bath
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at The Festival of Nature, Bath
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


There were a lot less stands than at the Bristol Festival but it was lovely to catch up with people.  I had a long chat with Matt Collis from the Avon Wildlife Trust about Camp Avalon. 

We found out about Bee Lines (Bee Corridors) as Dad is now on the Parish Council in Compton Martin and wanted to do what he could to help create Bee Corridors through our parish.

It was lovely to speak to the Greenpeace and Badger Group people again, they are my friends now and I always feel inspired when I talk to them.

I also found out about Splatter Spotter based at Cardiff University, who want everyone to let them know about any roadkill they see.   If you see anything, let them know about it @projectsplatter or www.projectsplatter.co.uk but if you see an otter or bird of prey, then they need the body to do an autopsy. They said I could watch an otter autopsy which would be sad but cool.  


Notify Splatter Spotter of any roadkill you see


I also learnt more about things not to put down the toilet/sink and was given a gunk pot to collect cooking oil into, cool it down and then make a fat ball for the birds.


Always collect your kitchen oil, cool it and dispose of it in the bin (not in the sink)

Sunday 28 June 2015



30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday

Day 28 - Hudsonian Whimbrel,  British and World lifer


Today we had planned a twitch.  There had been a Hudsonian Whimbrel 2-3 hours away in Pagham Harbour on the South Coast.  I hadn't been able to go as I'd been at Camp Avalon last weekend and at the Festival of Nature in Bristol the weekend before, trying publicise the camp.

We had been at the Festival of Nature Bath yesterday talking to people about conservation issues before I had a tap dance exam rehearsal, which I couldn't miss.


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig
Phototograph taken and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig
Phototograph taken and copyright Helena Craig

When we arrived, there were no other birders there, so we set aside trying to find the bird.  The first whimbrel we saw had a strong head pattern.  We were sure it was the right bird but weren't sure for another 1/2 hour when it flew and we could see that it didn't have a white rump like our Eurasian Whimbrel buy a Brown one like this bird that comes from North America.


Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig
Phototograph taken and copyright Helena Craig



Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


It was a special bird for me.  The Sunday before I was born, on turned up in Newport, less than a hour from our house. By some miracle, Mum agreed to stay behind and Dad twitched it with my big sister Ayesha who was twelve at the time.  Then, two years later the same bird turned up there again and this time Mum and Dad twitched it with me as a toddler.  It's good to see this bird that I have already seen but was "too young to tick".

This bird takes my British list to 449.  I am now on the same as Ayesha, who has been stuck on 449 since she had her second baby.  Maybe I still have a chance at Lady Amhurst's Pheasant or Cory's Shearwater before we head off birding to East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya) on the 18th July 2015 and might sneak ahead of her and finally hit 450.



About the Writer



Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 



Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She is looking forward to going Mountain Gorilla Trekking in East Africa in the summer and watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter














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