30 Days Wild update | Day 28 on Cape Clear

I was planning on something of a digital detox for the final few days of the #30DaysWild challenge: dooing away with the cameras, smartphone, laptops and other such electric paraphernalia that we’ve become so dependent on in our everyday lives… It seems my laptop caught wind of this thought and decided to die today, taking... Continue Reading →


30 Days Wild | Day 25

Our mainland home is a characterful little cottage nestled into the eastern hillside of Mynydd Rhiw, towards the tip of Pen Llyn. Overlooking Porth Neigwl from a picturesque vantage point, we’re pretty spoilt for views between our Bardsey house and mainland cottage! Tan Y Garn is also endowed with a super little garden of varying... Continue Reading →

The ‘smellscape’ | #30DaysWild Day 24

Another Saturday, another busy changeover day; the difference today, however, was that we were amongst the final boatload of visitors leaving the island aboard Colin’s bright yellow catamaran in the afternoon. Saying farewell to Bardsey’s familiar hump-backed silhouette, we passed the bustling auk colonies along the East Side, the oscillating flocks of Manx Shearwaters passing... Continue Reading →

A look at lepidoptera | Day 22 of 30 Days Wild

After a rather moist and misty start, the receding clouds and emerging sunshine revealed a sparkling vista of water droplets carpeting the island; everything from spider's webs to the delicate seed heads of grasses were laden with water, refracting the sun in a cliche but stunning scene! The fragrance of wildflowers and rich vegetation was... Continue Reading →

30 Days Wild | Day 21

As young naturalist Dara McAnulty notes in his excellent blog, its a lot harder to blog about this month's wild moments than it is to experience them: wildlife pervades our daily lives no matter where you live, although it may be that some of us need to spend some time 'tuning in' to the natural... Continue Reading →

30 Days Wild | Day 19

The overpowering heat today made doing anything outside rather exhausting either side of dawn and dusk. That said, the calm and sunny weather made for ideal conditions to carry out this month’s BeeWalk survey. This year I decided to set up a Bee-recording transect on the island as part of a wider national citizen science... Continue Reading →

30 Days Wild | Day 18

It's a belated post for Day 18 of #30DaysWild, but it was a superb day! Easily one of the year's hottest days yet, temperatures climbed to over 20'C (a rarity here!) during the midday sun; with barely a breath of wind and no cloud cover, it felt pretty toasty! I took an early morning wander... Continue Reading →

30 Days Wild | Day 14

It was one of those rare mornings that dawned with barely a breath of wind - that unfamiliar sound of silence. As a consequence, I arose to the bubbling song of our two territorial Blackbirds adjacent the house; to the twinkling song of male Wrens, the chattering of awakening Swallows and more raucous cries of... Continue Reading →

30 Days Wild | Day 13

Day 13 of #30DaysWild: we finally had a day with calm winds! It's been a busy day and I'm afraid today's post isn't particularly elaborate or content-heavy compared to those preceding blogs! I hope you've been enjoying the 30 Days Challenge at any rate - I've certainly had great fun seeing what others are getting... Continue Reading →

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