Nature isn’t the first thing you associate with a global pandemic. But since lockdown and in these times of uncertainty, we’re seeing how many people are turning to it. Whether it’s birdwatching from the garden, wildlife gardening, or enjoying nature whilst out on daily local exercise, it seems that many people are immersing themselves in the natural world, in some way, to help them cope with this awful coronavirus crisis.
Of course, there is a huge body of evidence that nature is good for mental health. It can help lower stress levels, reduce blood pressure and generally boost wellbeing. Many people at this time of crisis are turning to nature for solace. Given they are not able to socialise with friends, go to the gym or the usual social activities that they would normally do, they are focusing on what’s closer to them. It might be just listening to bird song now there’s less traffic noise or observing butterflies seeking wildflowers for nectar, or watching birds fly overhead. It seems that as the country faces this crisis, people are appreciating nature far more.
Since we’ve been under lockdown and forced to work at home, my colleagues and I have certainly noticed how we’ve all slowed down somewhat. We’re taking much greater notice of the plants, insects and birds in and around our own gardens. I’ve also noticed that there are far more insects buzzing around on the uncut grass verges, I can hear much more bird song now without the usual background drone of distant traffic and the night skies seem so much clearer.
Wildlife Gardening at Work Awards
Last year, I wrote my first ever blog about our Corporate Wildlife Gardening at Work Awards. At the time, I had no idea that a year on we’d be having to change our Awards’ categories to cater for employees working from home because of a global pandemic and a lockdown. We’re very much hoping over the next couple of months companies will work with their employees to submit team entries and share their photos and progress with us via our social media platforms @wildlifebcn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.