For wildlife, the horrors of Covid-19 seem far removed. And for some species, the lack of human disturbance may even have been a benefit – think deer in city streets and cuckoos in urban parks. And as wildlife has got closer to people, our appreciation of the natural environment has grown. Stories of encounters with wildlife and the clarity of bird song are all over the internet. With the easing of lockdown in England, thousands of people are heading for the peace and relaxation of our countryside and beaches, an instinctive remedy for weeks of anxiety and restriction and a comfort for sufferers. There is now an abundance of evidence that our ‘Natural Heath Service’ is good for us all!
Nature is quick to take opportunities but sadly the places and spaces often aren’t there anymore. The ecological and climate emergencies haven't gone away – they just aren’t in the headlines. We still need to protect, enhance and join up our wild ‘nature networks’ for ourselves and the creatures and plants we share this planet with.