A Focus On Nature

A Focus On Nature, Issues in conservation

Giving Up Time For Nature by Findlay Wilde.

I’m Findlay Wilde.  I am really interested in wildlife, especially birds. I want to do everything I can to protect nature now and in the future, as well as enjoying it of course. I have been blogging about my wildlife journey for over a year now and engage with nature in lots of different ways; I am a trainee ringer, I participate in the BTO’s Birdtrack and Garden Birdwatch surveys and I am starting to do surveys of my own on my local patch. I really hope to start volunteering with some of my local NGOs soon. You can follow my wildlife journey on my blog: wildeaboutbirds.blogspot.co.uk.

It’s the start of Lent today, a time when both religious and even non religious people give up something for 40 days. It got me thinking about what I would give up if I was going to do it. And then I started to think about what everyone else might be giving up.

I could give up chocolate or maybe Hobnobs, but that doesn’t really make any difference to anyone else. So then I thought what if I gave up more time for nature. For example, I could watch a bit less TV and use that time to do more to help our wildlife……….and so could all of you.

So I am asking you to give up some time for Lent (or just because you want to make a difference) and give that time to helping nature. There are loads of things you could do. Here are just 10 simple ideas:

1. Do a nest record for the BTO.

2. Feed the birds.

3. Clean and disinfect your bird feeders.

4. Make a nest box.

5. Introduce a friend to birding/nature.

6. Give a talk in a school about our amazing wildlife.

7. Plant some insect friendly flowers.

8. Make a hedgehog house.

9. Pick up litter.

10. Do a WeBS count.

So please add into the comments about what you will do to help nature with the time you give up. And lets get a good head start on making a difference.

I will add the names and promises of anyone joining in on Twitter to the end of the blog so we can all share our ideas.

So over to you.