Let Nature Inspire

Over the last year many of us have taken comfort and inspiration from nature. 

The internet has lit up with creative responses to the natural world – photographs, drawings, poetry and podcasts – and our slowed-down, locally-limited lives have led to countless numbers of us noticing nature’s species and cycles more keenly than ever before. 

We have produced a new booklet that captures some of these personal and creative responses to the natural world, along with ideas for how nature can inspire us to learn more, explore more and get creative!

To support this booklet this page brings together activities, further information, links to resources from our partners and other conservation organisations.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Wildlife questions and answers on everything from the birds to the bees
Cley Calling
Our festival of nature, exploring creative responses to the natural world
Online gallery
Fantastic images sent in showcasing the range of Norfolk's wildlife

Take action for our garden wildlife

A small patch of lawn, patio or even a balcony can provide a home to wildlife. Here are some resources that may inspire you to take on your own mini re-wilding project.

From creating wild patches, to building a solitary bee box, these 12 leaflets guide you through some key activities designed to help wildlife in your garden.

The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature.


Learn about the natural world

Nature is addictive, the more you learn about it, the more questions you have, the more you want to know! And there is no end to learning about Norfolk’s wildlife: there is always a new species to discover, a habitat to explore or a question to be asked.

Discover more about wildlife through these resources:
 

Get to know your midnight garden…

Why not discover the wildlife that visits your garden after sunset? One way to do this is create a simple moth trap.
 
Norfolk Moths has a fantastic website to help you discover more about these fantastic creatures. Check out their handy guide to what is flying in Norfolk each night to point you in the right directions as to what you might find.
 

Tune in to wildlife

Learning birdsong is a great way to identify what birds are found in your local area, as often you hear them but not always see them. These links will start you on your journey to learn birdsong.
 
The Wildlife Trust - Identify bird song | The Wildlife Trusts
RSPB - Birds A- Z | Bird Guides - The RSPB
BTO - Develop your skills | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology
 

Learn with Norfolk Wildlife Trust…

You can never stop learning about Norfolk’s wildlife, there is always a new species to discover, a habitat to explore or a question to be asked. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is here to help you on your learning journey.   

Ask for help

The team running the Wildlife Information Service love talking about wildlife! If you can’t find an answer to your question in our FAQs online, or if you spot an animal or plant and you don’t know what it is, take a photograph of it and get in touch:
[email protected]


Get Creative

Nature has been the inspiration to many an artist, composer, baker and writer. Check out these website links and videos for some further inspiration.
 
 

Visit an exhibition at NWT Cley Marshes

2022-06-08 On Reflection – Eleanor Alison On Reflection – Eleanor Alison and Julie Hodgson
Wed 08 Jun, 2022 - Tue 21 Jun 2022
2022-07-06 Sea and Nature - Fehmi Gökeş Sea and Nature - Fehmi Gökeş
Wed 06 Jul, 2022 - Tue 19 Jul 2022
2022-07-20 Coast and Country Coast and Country
Wed 20 Jul, 2022 - Tue 02 Aug 2022
2022-08-03 Norfolk and Beyond Norfolk and Beyond
Wed 03 Aug, 2022 - Tue 16 Aug 2022
2022-08-17 Norfolk Light – Sally Temple Norfolk Light – Sally Temple
Wed 17 Aug, 2022 - Tue 30 Aug 2022
2022-08-31 Natural World Art Society Natural World Art Society
Wed 31 Aug, 2022 - Tue 13 Sep 2022
2022-09-14 Land, Sea and Skyscapes – Paul Land, Sea and Skyscapes – Paul Burnham
Wed 14 Sep, 2022 - Tue 27 Sep 2022

Share your wildlife experiences

It has never been easier to share your wildlife experiences, the digital world puts us in touch with millions of like-minded people.
 
Be part of the wildlife celebration -Join in online on your favourite social media with #natureinspires sharing your pictures, activities, wildlife spots – whatever you want to share with us! We can’t wait to see it.
 
Put it on the map - Whether you see a blackbird or a bittern, a tortoiseshell or a swallowtail take a moment to officially log your wildlife sighting. Sharing your wildlife sightings can help us understand where species can be found and how they are faring. To make it a record email [email protected], and let us know what you saw, and when and where you saw it.
 
Take part in an organised citizen science survey such as: