We're already into the last week of The Wildlife Trust's month long nature challenge, and I can already feel the benefits of making more time for wildlife in my day to day life. Here I reflect on my random acts of wildness for last week - it was jam packed full of exciting encounters and I hope yours was too! Remember you can take part in this challenge at any time of year. Join the 365 days wild facebook page and check out tips and ideas to get you started, here.
Day 15 - I spent a lovely evening along Felixstowe promenade, admiring the ominous clouds and listening to the crashing of the waves. Check out the cloud spotting guide from the MET office to get your eye in, here.
Day 16 - An evening walk in search of stag beetles resulted in the most amazing face-to-face experience with an otter! It was swimming quietly down stream with gentle ripples being the only sign of its presence, in between brief glimpses of it's head. Otters can have large territories - sometimes up to 20km stretches of river, and will deposit faeces (spraint) across their range to defend territories and communicate. It is often said that their spraint smells like jasmine tea, though unfortunately I didn't find any to have a sniff!
Whilst relaxing on a bridge overlooking the stream, I also spotted a lovely large stag beetle in flight. Success! Remember you can log your stag beetle sightings for the #GreatStagHunt here.