Wildlife Walks with Myplace

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Photo credit: James Warwick

At Myplace we have taken on the challenge to dedicate a week to each of our five key themes.

Weekly sessions or ‘hubs’ incorporate a wide variety of ecotherapy activities but each relates back to the themes which are practical conservation work, wildlife walks, mindful environments, growing projects and bush craft.

Last week we were practising mindfulness and encouraging participants, staff and volunteers to take a ‘mindful minute’. The feedback we got from this was really positive and we are so glad to see so many people giving mindfulness a go.

This week is all about wildlife walks and we are taking the challenge to start looking for the first signs of spring. A welcome relief after all that snow.

To do this, we are asking our participants to walk around a part of their hub they might otherwise think they know very well and to try and spot as many signs of spring as they can in 10 minutes. We want our participants to take notice of things they might otherwise ignore and to look at things in new ways.

‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes’ (Attrib Marcel Proust, 1871-1922)

Wildlife walks are so beneficial to physical health and mental wellbeing. Walking in nature can also provide a source of meaning and purpose and help people to make social connections.

Taking the time to notice has huge benefits for wellbeing. It may be subtle but our natural surroundings are constantly changing. How many signs of spring can you spot this week?

Some things to look out for:

  1. Snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses: you know spring has started when you start seeing these beautiful flowers emerging in parks, gardens and woodlands
  2. Bumblebees: on warm days you should start to see the first bumble bees beginning to emerge, feeding on the new blooms
  3. Birds building: in spring birds start building their nests, each nest is unique to the species
  4. Wild garlic: a spring walk in a woodland might fill your nose with the delicious smell of wild garlic flowers, a sure sign that spring is on its way
  5. Bluebells: a gorgeous carpet of bluebells that transforms a woodland is a spring must see

Let us know about any ‘signs of spring’ you discover this week! using the hashtag #SignsofSpring to our Twitter page @myplace2gr0w.

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