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84% of you told us that lockdown gave you the opportunity to further connect with wildlife

The results of a recent ‘Wild in Lockdown’ survey by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust showed that lockdown gave people the opportunity to further connect with wildlife. The Trust received some wonderful stories with many of you enjoying activities such as; daily walks in local green spaces, bird watching, wildlife gardening, talking to children about wildlife and completing DIY projects such as building hedgehogs homes, insect hotels and creating mini ponds.

Connecting with wildlife provided a much needed boost to health and wellbeing during lockdown and many of you shared your wild in lockdown memories – here are some of the Trust’s favourite stories you shared.

“This was a very special, memorable spring.  I walked for an hour a day locally and each day saw different things to make me feel glad and privileged to live where I do on the edge of Sheffield, bordering the Derbyshire countryside.  It re-enforced the knowledge and feeling that we need to return in a massive way to connecting with nature, re-wilding and protecting it. We need to pave the way for a new kind of living that puts this at its centre.” Deborah

 “Seeing the birds in my garden every day, I’m working from home and have had more time to spend in my garden. I made a wildlife pond and a bug hotel.” Sharon 

“Watching fox cubs playing in our garden; spotting a reed bunting on the rocky shore of a moorland reservoir near us; hearing masses of willow warblers; spotting a family of mergansers…adults and 12 or more chicks on the River Rother; spotting flowers on a walk down Coombs Dale, Derbyshire; and above everything else, the arrival of the swifts.” David

“Taking the children on daily walks and noticing the nature and wildlife around us – the changes in season have taken us through blooms of daffodils, bluebells and elderflowers to name but a few. The children can now name common wildflowers and plants that we see on a daily basis. It’s not only been great for our mental well-being but also connected us as a family. They have discovered the simple pleasures of playing with sticks and attempting to skim stones.” Rebecca

“Seeing a sparrow hawk hunting then landing on a lamp post near my home.” Kevin

It is clear from the survey results that wildlife was vitally important to many during lockdown and it gave people