Published: 14:39, 07 July 2020
| Updated: 14:40, 07 July 2020
The RSPB is urging people to share their experiences of nature during lockdown, as part of a nationwide celebration.
Throughout July, the charity is inviting people from Kent and across the UK to share the new things they have noticed in their world, and what they have started to value more during these unsettling times, recognising how lockdown has been a unique time for most of us.
This spring was unlike any other and, more than ever, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our health and 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 from the charity, 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 in your support of the natural world, we’d love to hear about it. We want to know what you’ve started to value during these strange times."
The charity has been sharing ways to appreciate nature throughout the outbreak, including the Breakfast Birdwatch.
To get involved share your stories and photos using #MyWorldNow on social media.
A recent study found that 74% of people in England had noticed more nature in their neighbourhoods since the coronavirus outbreak in the UK than they would normally at this time of year.
The RSPB wants to share ideas to help encourage more wildlife to your doorstep, and as lockdown begins to ease.
With people also now valuing nature and green spaces more since lockdown began, the RSPB will be on hand to provide some simple steps you can take to take action to help care for these special places in the future.