Survival Tips: Nature

Last week we explored how Nature can be a useful to combat lockdown and social isolation. We shared lots of ideas and links, read on to find out more about our nature tips;

We’re all missing the outdoors, so here’s a website that brings birdsong into your home. Lev Parikian describes himself on Twitter as a conductor, writer, and atrocious birdwatcher. He’s recorded the songs of British birds to help you identify those dawn choruses that seem so loud nowadays. They’re arranged in groups in a day-by day learning session, but there’s also an index so you can search for a favourite bird.

A great way to connect with nature is by listening to birdsong from an open window, your garden or on a walk. Jon Young, author of ‘What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World’, here introduces the skill of interpreting bird language.

Andy Shipley who is visually impaired and encourages people to enjoy the natural world, has put together a programme of activities that can be completed during lockdown to help people use all their senses to explore nature, it’s called the ‘14-day sensory odyssey’.
To find out more about the ’14 day sensory odyssey’ from Andy Shipley listen to an interview with RNIB Connect radio philosophy behind the programme is explained.

Here is some information about why we all need green in our lives, read the article here.

If you are able to get out why not spend a little time in nature this week, exploring your local spaces. What can you hear? Can you feel the foliage and leaves around you to explore their different textures? How can you immerse yourself into the natural world? Being in nature and natural spaces is well known to boost your wellbeing. Listen to a podcast from RNIB where Simon Pauley talks to Lynne Morgan about recording the bird song in your garden, from your window, or in your open space, along with instruction from Allan Russell on how to record on your phone.

Birds and baking, with many people listening to birdsong and turning to baking during lock down here is a great way to combine both and fun for you and kids alike. Encourage the birds to your window by making them a fat cake with this recipe from the National Trust. Then see if you can identify the birds with this useful guide from the Woodland Trust.

In another podcast from RNIB listen to Welsh naturalist, Iolo Williams, talk about his love of birds and bird song, describing what he can hear around him at this time, when there’s more opportunity to listen and not so much traffic on the roads.

Are you a nature lover? The Language of Birds explores everything from birdsong to calls and mimicry.

Staying indoors for much of lockdown means some people have been deprived of vitamin D, read this article to find out why vitamin D is important and if you should take a supplement.

The birds are busy building and feathering their nests, listen to them chirruping of an evening. If you would like more info about our feathered friends visit: www.rspb.org.uk

If you are able to get out go for a walk – this is one of the easiest and best forms of exercise there is. Walking slowly lets you connect with nature and the world around you while a brisk walk is great for strengthening our muscles, bones and heart.

Give back to nature by putting some seeds out for the birds, plant some flowers for the bees, and make a bug hotel out of boxes and cardboard. You can find out more about bee friendly plants here.

Why not connect with nature by making a Bee Hotel? You can find out how to do this on this website with detailed instructions.

What do you do to connect with nature for your wellbeing? Share your top tips!