A recent study found that 74% of people in England had noticed more nature in their neighbourhoods since the coronavirus outbreak in the UK than they would normally at this time of year.
And during lockdown, more than ever, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our wellbeing, with 77% of people in England finding that visiting nature has been important for their general health and happiness.
From enjoying the uplifting sound of birdsong through an open window, to getting a welcome dose of fresh air and exercise in a local park, many of us have found solace in nature and had time to notice what’s going on around us.
Now, the RSPB is asking Greater Manchester residents to share how nature has lifted their spirits during lockdown, from nature aficionados to nature novices exploring their green spaces for the very first time.
“Connecting with the natural world is more important than ever,” says Adam Murray at the RSPB.
“Over the last few months, as we juggled work, family life and wellbeing, all from the confines of home, the natural world became a playground, a gym, a tonic, and much more besides.
“But while our lives have changed, the threats to nature have not gone away.
“We’d love you to share the new things you have noticed and started to appreciate more in your world – large and small.
“Whether it’s cleaner air, the wildlife in your local park or getting creative in your support of the natural world, we’d love to hear about it. We want to know what you’ve started to value during these strange times.”
As lockdown begins to ease, the charity is urging people from Greater Manchester and across the UK to share how important nature is to them.
“I’ve noticed that some of my nearby verges are being mown less often, meaning they’re full of ox-eye daisies, orchids, dandelions, trefoil and clovers – gorgeous, amazing for pollinators and absolute oases for insects in a heavily built-up area!” said nature enthusiast, Daisy Hughes.
“Would love to keep it like this after lockdown wherever growth doesn’t obstruct road view – would be great to see councils following “no-mow May”.
To get involved, share your story and photos using #MyWorldNow on social media until 31st July.