After another busy start to the week it was teatime before I managed to tear myself away from the computer. So, after having something to eat do I veg out on the sofa with a cold beer or do I squeeze in a random act of wildness? What do you think?!

With Sam sitting up at the dining room table, deep in revision for his final exam, Debbie and I set off for Landguard Point near Felixstowe. Our mission? A walk along the beach and watch the sunset, and it wouldn’t feel right these days without doing a bit of a beach clean too.

As we made our way across the shingle towards the waves we noticed large areas had been roped off. This time of year several species of bird such as Ringed Plover and Oyster Catcher use this stretch of coast to nest. The sign also mentioned Yellow Horned Poppy and Sea Pea. To be perfectly honest I had never even considered the significance or rarity of the plants. Growing up, the shingle was just something you cross to get to the sand and waves. It’s a shame I’m only just realising how much I missed or didn’t ‘see’ as a child.

Sand Between Your Toes…

Well, it wasn’t sand between my toes but someone had definitely been walking barefoot on the beach. Another person taking part in the #30DaysWild challenge maybe?

I did however stand ankle deep in the surf looking out across the english channel, breathing in deep lung fulls of fresh sea air.

Going Wild On The Beach…

It was great to see Deb getting into the spirit of 30 Days Wild too. A bit of running, a few star jumps and generally enjoying being out in the fresh air.

Just one more piece….and another…and another…

I can no longer walk along a beach (or river) without having the irresistible urge to pick up litter. It’s amazing how quickly your mindset can change when you suddenly wake up to the fact that we are gradually choking our planet. Well, I say gradually but in the grand scheme of things, when you consider the age of our planet, mankind has brought our world to the brink of ecological disaster in less than the blink of an eye. A terrifying thought! Can we reverse the damage we’ve done? Probably not. Does it mean we shouldn’t then try? Of course not!

With a population of 7 billion and growing I fear we may be too late to turn the tide, especially without a major change in global attitudes to the welfare of our planet. The only way we are going to do that is by working together and influencing those around us. We all start with baby steps. Little changes. Little changes that can grow and pollinate others, gradually spreading the seeds of change far and wide.

Crikey, that was getting a bit heavy!….back to the beach.

Here’s Deb in full beach clean mode, bin bag in hand looking for plastic and other litter.

Twenty minutes later and as the sun started to glide towards the horizon we had managed to collect a pile of debris. Not as much as I was expecting. There was certainly less rubbish then the last time I cleaned along this stretch of beach but it was still enough to feel like we had done our little bit for the day.

The sun sets on another day…

The sun was setting fast so we found a sheltered spot out of the breeze, sat quietly arm in arm and watched the last golden rays of sunlight disappear. A great way to end the day.