Staying connected to nature during a winter lockdown

Our top five tips for staying connected to nature at this time of year.

The last national lockdown took place over a glorious spring, and many people found that being outside and feeling connected to nature was incredibly important to their wellbeing.

A winter lockdown might feel like a very different and difficult situation so we have put together a list of five things that you could try in order to feel connected to nature in this season.

Not every idea will be practical for everyone but we hope that there will be one that works for you.

 

Take a walk

Wrap up warm, put on your wellies and enjoy the crisper days.  If you discovered some new local walks during the spring lockdown why not see how they have changed with the seasons? Compare your photos from April and May with those you take now.

Explore your local footpaths and bridleways.

 

 

Feed the birds

Keep your feeders topped up and ponds and birdbaths free of ice. You’ll be rewarded with a host of winter garden visitors. Put a chair in the window, find the binoculars (not essential!) and learn more about the birds in your garden or within sight of your home with ID books or apps.

 

Look up at the stars

Take the opportunity provided by cold, clear nights to experience the magic of a starry sky. If you’d like to know a bit more about what you’re looking at, there are lots of resources on the internet like skymaps.com.

Stargazing can be a great family activity.

Curl up with a book

There are lots of brilliant books about nature and the countryside that you can enjoy when the weather or the dark evenings mean you don’t fancy stepping outside. Countryfile have compiled a list of over thirty books (with reviews) to get you started!

 

Plant spring bulbs

There are lots of jobs that need doing in the garden at this time of year. Planting tulip bulbs now means you can look forward to the bright colours that will appear in a few months time.

 

Do you have some ideas that you’d like to add to this list?  Join the conversation on our Facebook Page.

Bill Waters
Quernmore landscape