With a background in conservation and a nature enthusiast working in environmental policy, connecting with nature has always been a major part of my everyday life. Before the launch of 30 Days Wild I have been spending my free time outdoors, setting up trail cameras around my garden and the neighbouring forest. I have documented many fascinating animals such as fallow deer, foxes, badgers, blue tits, woodpeckers, a heron and jays! The best part of observing these animals has been getting an insight into their interesting natural behaviour, and learning about their family groups, especially the deer! These three females are always together and they love resting in our garden.
I love trail cameras because they are non-invasive, animals can carry on as normal without being disturbed. Although setting up a trail camera was definitely a learning curve. For the first couple of weeks I gathered around 2000 images and videos of unflattering close ups of my face, moving ferns, shadows and I also discovered that my cat likes to sleep in a hole in the forest rather than her bed! When you finally get the dream footage it is so rewarding.