Could Covid-19 restrictions lead to a better appreciation of our local wildlife?

Could Covid-19 restrictions lead to a better appreciation of our local wildlife?

Why we should all take time to notice the wildlife around us

Spring 2020 did not begin how anyone expected. The usual signs of life were springing up all around us – from daffodils to blossom and, of course, the general greening up of the trees and hedgerows.

Due to the restrictions concerning Covid-19, the majority of us are not on the move as much at the moment. Road, rail and air are all much quieter, with those who can working from home and avoiding the daily commute, as well as other non-essential trips out and about.

Many of us are out in our local areas more than we would be usually, due to travel restrictions discouraging the drive further afield to explore more remote areas. We may have more time too, now we're removed from our otherwise hectic schedules of getting the kids to school, commuting and working elsewhere.

This has led to more isolated areas becoming much quieter, which is likely to have some benefits for the wildlife there.

Locally, our single venture outside to exercise is likely to be the highlight of the day, and a time when we can appreciate the appearance of flowers and green vegetation springing up, which before may have gone unnoticed.


In search of different routes for exercise, it is likely that some of us have discovered new areas we didn’t know were nearby – a new source of joy and appreciation.

Perhaps finding solace in these areas, and recognising their value in improving our mental health at a difficult time, will help us all to appreciate the green spaces and wildlife on our own doorsteps more.

Often those who are lucky enough to have gardens or balconies have limited time to spend in them due to the hustle and bustle of “normal” life. These weeks may mean we can do more work in our gardens, not only to pass the time, but to keep the kids occupied and make the gardens a space they can spend time in.

People have been posting pictures online of their new vegetable patches, their new wildlife pond, bug hotels constructed with the kids, sightings on their bird feeders, and flowers they have planted.

Perhaps one unintended result of all this will be that we will feel more connected to the nature in our gardens and in our home areas. 

I hope that the signs of spring bring some hope to everyone – especially all the key workers who are keeping us all going in this unusual time.


Seven spot ladybird by Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

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