Lockdown – March 2020 and a sudden end to the early spring days spent at Ramsey Heights. For the next few months all the energy that normally goes into cleaning up and sorting out ready for the summer, hacking back brambles, pulling up fast-growing nettles and watching the first (Brimstone) butterflies appear had to be re-directed.
The regular trips to Ramsey Heights were replaced with a daily nature-watch at home (40+ different species including a beautiful sparrowhawk and a family of bank voles), lots of local walks and a number of projects at home and in the garden. Oh, and then there was work, too. Busy I was!
Did I miss the Wildlife Trust during Lockdown? The answer is a resounding YES. I missed the camaraderie of working in a small team and the regular proper physical exercise.
Freedom - having excitedly (yes, really!) returned to Ramsey Heights in late July after a 4 month break, I discovered 3 things:
- Just getting out into a “new” environment after so long came with a huge sense of freedom and almost trepidation (a bit like the first day at a new job). Bizarre but true!
- The forest elves had been busy whilst we were away, keeping some of the paths open and the birds fed. Thank you – getting some control over the undergrowth would have been so much harder without you.
- Despite being outdoors on most days during Lockdown, walking and working in the garden on your own is not the same as being properly fit.