- During lockdown, more than ever, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our wellbeing.
- The RSPB is inviting people across the UK to share what new things they have noticed in their world during lockdown.
- Have the last few months made people appreciate their local green spaces more? Notice the wildlife in their gardens or local park for the first time? Or be inspired to create some wild art or music?
- Until the end of July, share stories and photos using #MyWorldNow on social media.
Between now and the end of July, the RSPB is inviting people across the UK to share the things they have noticed that are different in their world, and what they have started to value more during these unsettling times.
Since the UK first went into lockdown, it’s been a unique time for most of us. This spring has been unlike any other and, more than ever, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our wellbeing.
From enjoying the uplifting sound of birdsong through an open window, to getting a welcome dose of fresh air and exercise in a local park, many of us have found solace in nature and had time to notice what’s going on around us.
Adam Murray, Head of Community Empowerment at the RSPB, said: “Connecting with the natural world is more important than ever. Over the last few months, as we juggled work, family life and wellbeing, all from the confines of home, the natural world became a playground, a gym, a tonic, and much more besides. But while our lives have changed, the threats to nature have not gone away.
“We’d love you to share the new things you have noticed and started to appreciate more in your world – large and small. Whether it’s cleaner air, the wildlife in your local park or getting creative, we’d love to hear about it. We want to know what you’ve started to value during these strange times.”
Karl Stevens from Edinburgh said: “I’ve loved seeing grasses and wildflowers left to grow long and tall in my local park; meadows brimming with buttercups, daisies, cow parsley and clover and buzzing with pollinators too. I’ve enjoyed walking through these ‘Scottish savannahs’ at the end of the day, gently brushing flimsy seed heads and watching tiny insects rise up to form dancing constellations in the early evening skies. I think it would be great to see this become a regular feature in our parks and gardens each year.”
To get involved, people should share their stories and photos using #MyWorldNow on social media. Later in the summer, the RSPB will be celebrating these stories from across the UK and sharing ideas to help people take action for the things they value.