If you wanted to guarantee a good ‘wild’ day out, Devon would be an excellent place to start. I’m not paid by VisitDevon but I am completely biased – I love living in Devon. Incidentally, I do quite like a quote they use on their website:
“I have never before been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty” – Steven Spielberg, Director
Well said Steve. In the spirit of this, I have made a list of the kind of wild activities that are really good to do here. I will begrudgingly accept that it is possible that some of these might also apply to other places too :p
All these ideas are free and require few skills or equipment, though you might occasionally need a little patience and sense of adventure.
- Watch cormorants fishing on the river and try to predict where they are going to come up.
- Go wild swimming in the sea (but PLEASE remember to respect the water)
- Take a stroll down an un-metalled roads to visit the wildflowers and butterflies
- Watch out for bats emerging (tip: start looking just after sunset and use the sky as a backlight to spot them against)
- Go for a run, settle into your stride and focus on your surroundings – I promise, the run goes much quicker than if you focus on how you legs or your lungs feel
- Defend your ice cream from seagulls
- Admire the abundance of flowers that grow right out of the stone walls
- Listen out for bird song
- Read a nature book – need a recommendation? See my earlier blog post
- Rummage in the hedges for lizards (morning or evening is best – when they are not fully warm)
- Join in with a Bioblitz – Clennon Valley in Paignton has one on 23 June – it’s free!
- Go walking on Dartmoor
- Roll a ball of red clay in your hand
- Go looking for seals on the rivers and coast- Hope’s Nose is pretty good.
- Get inspired and paint a favorite scene or animal or plant
- Pursue a butterfly and try to photo it
- Admire the leaflets within a leaf on the ferns
- Poke about in a rockpool
- Look for animal tracks or paths – if it passes a fence or thorny hedges look out for fur caught there
- Sit back in a deck chair and watch the swifts, swallows, gulls, crows and buzzards overhead.