Looking after yourself, and nature

Looking after yourself, and nature

Matthew Roberts

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, maintaining a connection with the natural world is more important than ever to ensure we're taking good care of our health and wellbeing.

We know that people who spend time in nature are happier and healthier, but it can be difficult to know how to do this safely in the current climate. 

It's really important to stay active and exercise where you can. This can be as simple as doing morning yoga in your own back garden! Our nature reserves remain open, and they are wonderful places to unwind and take in the fresh air away from crowds. Just a bit of time every day spent in nature can help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. Please also note that, at this difficult time, we need to have the health of our staff and the community at the forefront of our mind - including neighbours to our nature reserves. Nature reserve car parks are therefore temporarily closed, and we are asking people not to drive/travel to our sites. For those who live locally and may be accessing sites for the purposes of their daily exercise, we ask that everyone observe government restrictions on outdoor access and ensure guidelines on social distancing are always followed. 

Advice and rules on public access may change.

Find your nearest nature reserve


Here are some other tips and resources that we hope will help you in the coming weeks!

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There are still lots of ways that you can help wildlife during this time. We've got some brilliant activity sheets to download. If you do try any of these, please share with us on social media using #everydaywildlife. We'd love to see!

All of these activities are perfect for families to do together. 

Make a bird feeder

Make your own bird feeder

Make a hedgehog home

hedgehog home

Make a mini nature reserve

mini nature reserve

Make a butterfly painting

butterfly painting

Make a nectar bar

nectar bar

Make an edible pond

edible pond

Clean your bird feeders

clean your bird feeders

Learn to identify bees

bee ID

Explore nature reserves on your doorstep

Find a wild space near you

Dave Chamberlain

Take action for insects!

Help insect populations bounce back!

Photo credit, Fergus Gill/2020VISION

Amy Lewis

Need a dose of nature?

Watch our videos of beautiful nature moments, below...

Here is an otter Mum and her 2 cubs playing on the banks of the River Teign.

Watch a curious young fox cub out in the spring sunshine!

Have you seen bees collecting pollen from your flower pots?

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