The coronavirus outbreak is causing a great deal of anxiety within communities, and it is more important than ever that we take care of our mental and physical wellbeing.
Daily contact with nature has been shown to improve health and reduce stress levels, and setting aside a little time to connect with the natural world could give your day a much-needed boost.
Here are some simple ways you can lift your spirits with nature...
If you find insects in the house, or new flowers growing in the garden or on your street, take a closer look at the colours and patterns they are sporting. In a quiet moment, look out of the window and observe the wildlife outside - you might spot birds flying past, or bees buzzing between plants. Watching your local wildlife can be a great way to build a connection with it, and you’ll soon learn to recognise different behaviours and species.
Make the most of your daily trip outside and walk in a natural space. If you have a garden you could put food and water out for the birds. You could even have a go at making a bird feeder, starting your own compost heap or making a mini pond in the garden.
Try to learn something new outside by studying the different animals and plants you see when you're out and about. Do some investigating and find out why certain plants grow where they do, or why you see some birds and minibeasts more than others. You could contribute to our species records by telling us what you find – this helps us to build a complete and current picture of species distribution across our counties. You can submit your findings here.
If you don't have access to an outside space, here are some ways you can connect with nature without leaving your home:
- Look out of the window and watch for birds and insects flying past
- Create some nature themed artwork and sketch your favourite species
- Help birds avoid flying into your windows by cutting out paper shapes and sticking them to the glass
- Take a closer look at any insects you find in the house. Our online guide can help you identify them.
- Open the window and listen for birdsong