Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

#12 Wild Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day. I will be with my family later , but for now let me tell you about 12 Wild Days of Christmas. In the UK , June is the month in which you try to do something connected to the natural world. 12 Days Wild at Christmas is organised by the Wildlife Trust, and as you might guess the idea is similiar ; either to go out and about in nature for the 12 days of Christmas, or do something for the environment. I have drawn up some ideas, and whilst I very much hope to go for a nice post Christmas Dinner walk this afternoon, I thought I would begin today with looking back at 2021 and my encounters with the natural world.

The idea for this post was inspired by Shazza who blogs here https://sunshineandcelandines.wordpress.com/ and Christine who blogs here https://redpanda08.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/my-wildlife-moments-of-2021/

Both of whom had some terrific experiences this year. Due to my personal circumstances I knew I wouldn’t have much to write about, but who says the every day can’t be wonderful too.

January snow, at home in Swindon.
February snowdrops at Lydiard Park
March, the ugly ducklings are nearly beautiful swans.
April blossom at Royal Wootton Bassett.
May Bluebells at Badbury Hill.
June Yellow Flag Irises at my favourite lake- Moulden Hill Swindon
July , an unwelcome visitor. If only he didn’t look so sweet. I tried very hard not to think evil thoughts about him, my nature books told me that he was doing a great job tidying up after humans, when actually he was eating my tulip bulbs. Richard the Ratman had to help.
August, my own little bit of the natural world . Baby P
September-Using the bounty from the garden for chutney
October- visiting the butterfly house at Blenheim Palace
Novemmber- Autumn Colours
December sunset, the view from my home

I can’t wait to go out and about over the 12 Wild Days of Christmas. More info here-https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/12dayswild

Back at some point with an update or two. Have a wonderful day, and if you go for a walk today I’d love to know about it, and what you may see.

Cathy x

Comments on: "#12 Wild Days of Christmas" (28)

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your lovely nature photos from this year πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful photos and the baby was a wonderful add to the nature photos!

  3. What a wonderful way to remember the year. Gorgeous photos, especially the one of Baby P ❀

  4. […] Cathy alerted me to the fact that in the UK, the Wildlife Trust challenge people to the 12 Days Wild at Christmas, running from the 25th December to the 5th January. The idea is to do something to help nature but I was thinking it may be nice opportunity to just observe and record nature too. I am going to try and share with you what I see each day. I am starting on the 24th though as this may well be one of my wildlife highlights of the year. […]

  5. Going Batty in Wales said:

    I love the photos too and I really like he idea of the 12 wild days of Christmas. I shall look forward to reading about your adventures.

  6. Your photos are lovely, Cathy. You have such a positive outlook on life. The white snow and berries is brilliant. You could turn that into a set of cards. It’s stunning.

  7. What beautiful photos and a lovely reminder of your β€˜natural’ year!

  8. Merry Christmas to you as well, Cathy!
    What a lovely post with photos throughout the year.
    I like the idea of 12 wild days – but am unfamiliar with exactly when they start. Am assuming today? As I didn’t check posts until after dinner and it’s dark I shan’t venture forth. Maybe I could tack one on at the end… not that there’s much “wild” here in strictly regulated suburbia. Certainly nothing to compare with your glorious vistas! πŸ’•

    • Hi, yes the 12 days of Christmas begin on 25 December, and end 6 January. It’s just for fun, and one can have a wild moment at any time. I bet you had more wild moments in the year than you know.

      • Will have to give some thought to any wild moments this past year, Cathy! And thank you for confirming what those 12 days are. Although the ending date was, and is not a date I particularly want to remember……

  9. Lovely choices for each month. Really shows how the seasons change. Bluebells and blossoms to Autumn colours. I too have had a rat visitor and have temporarily stopped feeding the birds. Hopefully he/she has gone now and I can start again. X

    • Thank you for giving me the idea for this post. I was surprised to discover that local authorities aren’t responsible for rat control anymore. Down to private enterprise.

  10. What a great way to mark the year.

  11. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Oh what a lovely idea. And I love your choices for each month (though like you I do think rats have their place in nature, but that tail gives me the shivers).

    Wishing you and your family a most lovely Christmas.

    I may have to “borrow” your idea a little.

  12. What a lovely round up of your year….

  13. Now I want to make a calendar for each family member as a gift for the next year. Your monthly photos inspire.

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