My name is Adam Watts and I have been a part of the Youth Ranger Team in Peterborough for the Wildlife Trust BCN since October of last year. The projects I have volunteered for provided a fundamental opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the field of conservation. Although I’ve known for a while that I want to study a wildlife-based course at university, joining the Youth Rangers played a key role in helping me with my decision.
As an 18-year-old, this year was set to be an important one for me. It was mostly going to consist of finishing secondary school, revising, doing my A level exams then hopefully getting into my chosen university. Then over the course of a few weeks in March, all my plans had suddenly changed, as well as the plans of everyone else in my situation.
At first it was difficult to adjust to life in lockdown. Young people, particularly students who were expected to take exams this year, have been under an overwhelming amount of stress and uncertainty during this pandemic. With schools closing and the seeing of friends and family restricted, we have experienced a massive change in our day-to-day lives. So that’s why during this time nature has become even more important to me; I have realised how beneficial it is for our wellbeing. It is vital for us during this time to take a break from the hectic world of social media, the news, or anything else that can cause us worry, and instead to take a step back and acknowledge the natural world that is right outside our doorstep.