Aug 13 2020

How did you connect with nature during lockdown?

We would love to hear your stories on how you managed to connect with nature during lockdown. Please send over any photos with either a few paragraphs or a full article to amandabealing@woodlandtrust.org.uk and then I can publish the South West Stories on Whittle.

So this is how I connected with nature. I was furloughed in April and not being able to leave the house for more than one form of exercise or to go shopping for essential items was hard. I like structure to my day. I am very lucky and live in the town centre with a small garden so at least had access to the outside. I kept my work routine, so morning run, then kept myself busy with doing with what so many people did having a good clear out, every kitchen cupboard was sorted and cleaned. I substituted my lunchtime walk for a dance in the garden, thankfully most of my garden is not visible to my neighbours! I did several courses read books and then did an on line evening exercise class.

 

For a time my volunteering for The Bumblebee conservation trust was stopped. I do bee walk for them once a month from March to October. Thankfully as lockdown slowly lifted I was able to go back out. I did start a new role helping out in my local food bank which I greatly enjoyed.

My morning runs takes me along the sea, so I loved listening to the sound of the waves, and the differences in the view from the top of the cliff depending on if the tide was in or out, if it was foggy or a clear day. I also loved listening and seeing the birds, and seeing all the rabbits too.

      

In my garden I loved watching all the honey, solitary and bumblebees and took countless photos of them. I became quite concerned as I had not seen my all-time favourite bee the common carder bee or Bombus pascuorum so posted on a local  bee page to check if anyone else had and any visits. I was relieved to find out that the bee was doing well. Eventually I had regular visits from my favourite bee so was very happy again

            

I also loved watching the starlings, and was delighted when the adults started bringing their young to the bird table. Some were brave enough to venture to the table themselves, others waited for the adults to bring them food from the table. My husband kindly built another sturdier table to accommodate all the visitors. I also had other birds visiting the table such as house sparrows, and jackdaws. I was concerned that the jackdaws would scare away the smaller birds, but they were happy to share the table with them and were only intent on seeing off the pigeons. I have loved watching the starling fledglings slowly gain their adult feathers. Away from my garden I have loved watching the Woodland trust Osprey web cam, it has been fantastic to watch the 3 young fledge

                               

We had some excitement on out street as some honey bees decided to swarm and take up residence in my neighbours car. I phoned the number of a local bee keeper who came along to try and entice them into a nice box to move them to a nice new hive. The bees did not want to play along, eventually swarming to another neighbours garden, before then moving to the corner of the end terrace. So the bee keeper came out again with a different box and this time the bees approved and were moved to a nice new home.

   

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your photos on how you managed to connect with nature during lockdown

 

Amanda Bealing

Volunteer Development Officer South West

 

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