Queen White-tailed bumblebee feeding on yellow tree peony, credit Nick Upton

Tune in to wildlife during tough times


Thursday 02 April, 2020


Discover wonderful online nature activities and tune in to wildlife at home this spring – new activities from Norfolk Wildlife Trust and our other Trusts across the UK are designed to help people find solace in nature during tough times.
 

Spot bees, butterflies, bats and birds during your permitted local walk, keep children entertained with nature-themed crafts, or tune in to look at fabulous wildlife footage and photos! There’s also plenty of practical outdoor advice to inspire us to do more for wildlife in gardens, balconies or window boxes. Find ideas here

The Wildlife Trusts are also launching a weekly wildlife programme on YouTube this week for kids and parents. A new video will be uploaded to Wildlife Watch UK every Wednesday at 10am. The channel will feature wildlife experts, home-school help and seasonal species to spot. Future videos will include: how to build a pond; be a garden scientist  - exploring your garden wildlife; and how to identify insects in your garden. We'll be sharing these on our Facebook Children's Wildlife Watch group.

NWT is providing new ways of helping to feel more connected to the wider world and each other, via our online and social channels:

  • Follow our webcams, from stone curlews nesting in the Brecks to common terns arriving at Ranworth Broad. And will we see any bearded tits move in to our brand new reedbed nest?
  • Keep an eye out for #EverydayWildlife across social media, an outlet to share local wildlife, big, small, grand or often overlooked.
  • Get guidance on how to create a butterfly haven in our Wild About Gardens campaign with the RHS, by downloading a handy booklet full of inspiration.


Gemma Walker, Senior Community Officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust who also looks after our Wildlife Information Service says:

“More people than ever are tuning into our wildlife webcams and we’re seeing people have a lot of fun wildlife-watching in their gardens. Spring has arrived in splendid colour and sound, and over the past few days, hundreds of people have told us that they've spotted their first butterflies. These are joyful moments that people hold dear at this difficult time. 

“Everyone can share and follow on social media using #EverydayWildlife – swapping such experiences can be a lovely way of keeping in touch. Do keep an eye on our channels in the coming weeks – we’ve got lots of ideas and activities to help you stay connected to nature and still feel the health benefits of being outside in your garden or neighbourhood.” 

The Government’s guidance on access to green spaces here.

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