I have a slightly unusual relationship with nature and wildlife. I’ve lived 25 feet from the sea on the Isle of Man, remote countryside in Shropshire, a small town (Shrewsbury), and the centre of a city (Liverpool). The house moves have been in that order as well, meaning as I’ve grown up I’ve moved further and further away from having diverse wildlife on my door step. That’s what I thought at least.
Ever since I was young I’ve always been interested in the outdoors, but in quite a passive sense. I’d love going for long walks and bike rides with my family, visiting endless National Trust properties, RSPB centres and Wildlife Trust facilities up and down the country. We would also visit Aberystwyth each year to see the swallows at the pier, often dropping into the red kite centre on the way there. I’d enjoy myself and be interested in what I was seeing and reading about, but then I wouldn’t develop that interest any further. It was if I’d think: “Yeah that was good”, and then just move on with life.
Being involved with the City Nature Challenge and using iNaturalist has shown me that there is so much more wildlife to see so close to any type of home, and the iNaturalist app is a wonderful tool to make engaging with that wildlife quick and accessible.