Isn’t it crazy how we will often travel large distances to discover things we could have explored on our doorstep?
Right in the heart of the city, un-discovered by many, is a wild wood, a secret escape from city life, a place you can be transported into the magical world of nature. Yesterday to research for our new book “Wild Cities”, we visited Magdalen wood, an ancient woodland in the heart of Oxford where artist Melanie Kingham (www.inija.co.uk) ran a workshop.
With the help of local children, friends of the wood and volunteers she created a wonderful seating area. A wild place which blended perfectly into the environment, full of special wishes, enticing people off the path into the ancient woodland to enjoy this unique place.
Why don’t you seek out the wilderness on your doorstep? Even if you are surrounded by buildings there is a wild world out there. All you have to do is go and find it!
We would love to hear about your discoveries, e-mail us or leave a comment on this site, with photos please!
Have a look at this great article which recommends the stick book to promote kids having a wonderful free range summer holiday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2188755/Families-Bring-free-range-summer.html
Just spotted our first review on You Tube!
The lowly stick is given lofty status with 70 examples of things you can make or do with one, from fire-building to jewelry-making. Each project is rated by complexity. Frances Lincoln, $15. Ages 8 and up.
Wildlife Watch, the children’s wildlife club, held a competition in their Spring 2012 magazine in association with Going Wild.
Children were asked to design a stick creature; you can see the five winning entries on the Watch website here: http://www.wildlifewatch.org.
Yesterday my daughter and I rounded a bend in the road and there standing infront of us looking at us with it’s huge angelic eyes was a fluffy tawny owl chick. It must have fallen out of it’s nest onto the road and was looking a little dazed.
Neither of us were owl experts but we knew that we should not just pick the owl up and assume it is abandoned. Many owl chicks are rescued un-necessarily by well meaning people such as ourselves when in fact if old enough and un-harmed by their fall, are able to climb back up the tree using their talons and the help of their parents. This owl however was still pretty young and was in great danger as it was on the road, and in the time it took for us to park up safely and get out of the car a Red Kite (large bird of prey common to the chilterns) swooped down hoping for an easy dinner. It was not going to survive for much longer!
Quickly my daughter took off her shirt and covered the baby owl which allowed her to bundle it into the car (she is much braver than me! I saw its talons!). This owl was very lucky because Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital at Haddenham in Buckinghamshire, was only a short drive away and within minutes the baby tawny owl was delivered to expert volunteers who were able to administer fluids vital to its survival. It has now joined a group of about 6 other rescued tawny owl babies and will be reared and then released back into the wild!
If you want to have a look at the wonderful work they are doing at Tiggywinkles go to www.tiggywinkles.com The public are not able to view the owl babies but they do have a lot of long term residents such as Red Kites, badgers, foxes, and of course orphaned baby hedgehogs, plus a visitor centre and museum where you can learn about british wildlife care. You can also donate or become a member and subscribe to their regular newsletters to hear about all their amazing work.
Where ever you live why don’t you go for a walk and see if you can see any birds nesting, look for the adult birds and watch them delivering food to their young. Be very careful to watch at a distance so as not to disturb them.