In January’s edition of Countryfile magazine, Maria Hodson shares her wish list of 50 outdoor wishes to be accomplished in the countryside.
This inspired me to write my own (shorter!) countryside list for 2018.
- Pick up rubbish
- Love our garden
- Go wild swimming in freshwater
- Learn to identify five new butterflies (to be honest, I’m not sure how many I can identify now – embarrassingly probably not many)
- Learn to identify five new birds – see above comment
- Learn to identify five new trees – as above!
- Read more nature books, specifically from the library
- Climb a fell
- Go camping
- See a live badger (I’m currently reading Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham and discovering how seeing badgers in the wild might be more difficult than I first thought involving patience, disguise and staying awake at night – which is kind of obvious really!)
- Go for a walk near a viaduct (this was Small Boy’s contribution, probably inspired by a Go Jetters episode)
- Walk on a beach – and pick up rubbish
- Take photos of our local neighbourhood
- Be a Nature Detective with the Woodland Trust
- Have a tour round Church Farm (this is where our meat and vegetables come from)
- Use the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity list
- Read BBC Wildlife magazine (as with Countryfile magazine, I used Tesco vouchers to buy a year’s subscription)
- Look at the stars in a dark sky, maybe as part of the Dark Skies Festival (this is Mr Pilgrim’s contribution)
Happy New Year! x