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, 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.
Try to learn something new outside by studying the different animals and plants you find in the garden. 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 see – this helps us to build a complete and current picture of species distribution across our counties. You can submit your findings here.
However you choose to interact with the natural world, whether it's watching wildlife through the window or making small changes in the garden, we're sure that you will feel all the better for it. Visit our actions page for more ideas and activities.