Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Thirty days wild. June 13th


The best thing that you can do for nature is too make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust,  with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_13


We were at Loweswater village hall, for Daz’s memorial race, Mr Uphilldowndale was out on the hill marshalling runners, 24 miles of very uphill and very downhill.  I had an abundance of wildlife to watch, this little pied wagtail, spent as much time watching me as I did watching it. I couldn’t quite get it in focus, but never mind, who am I to come between a bird and its brood, there were chicks to be fed and I was getting in the way.

Wagtail 2

It seemed to favour the remains of a dung heap and I was captivated by its ability to keep catching bugs without letting goof the ones it already had in its beak, oh yes, and sing.



I think its nest was somewhere in here, the  walls and roof of a shed with handsome slates for its roof

wagtail nest

I could hear a cuckoo in the woodland nearby, cuckoo will parasitize wagtails nest.


Daz’s Dad was disappointed not to hear the cuckoo with me, as he say’s for him,  it is what truly registers the presence of  the British summer.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Thirty days wild. June 13th

  1. Pied wagtails are lovely birds that I do see hereabouts now and again. I’ve never heard, let alone seen, a cuckoo. xx

  2. I have found that getting a pied wagtail in focus is an extremely tricky task. My camera just doesn’t like them.

  3. I’ll start looking for wagtails, I’m not too good with names, but now I have a familiar picture to go on:)
    I wonder what starts a cuckoo off, we must have heard our first over a month ago.

  4. Pingback: Out early, and down the dale | Uphilldowndale

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