Today Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust have launched ‘Nature Natters’ a new initiative to help people feel less lonely and more connected to nature during social distancing. We understand that we are all experiencing strange and uncertain times, it is extremely difficult for people not to be able to visit their family and we are all worried about relatives who live alone.
We want to give people the opportunity to send a thoughtful gift to their friends, neighbours and family members, especially those who may be experiencing loneliness. All whilst helping to support the work of the Trust. Therefore for a suggested minimum donation of £10, we are offering people the chance to gift a friendly chat over the phone to one of our wildlife experts on a variety of topics such as wildlife gardening, ask the entomologist, wildlife in politics or simply a love of wildlife.
The idea was developed after a member sent a big thank you message to, Ben Keywood, Customer and Membership Support Administrator and Entomologist at the Trust for having a lovely conversation with her elderly mother over the phone. The member said it made her mum’s afternoon to chat to wildlife expert Ben. Ben said,
“It is always a pleasure to chat to others who share a passion for all things wild and to know I cheered her up in this difficult time makes it even better. I think there will be plenty of others who would love to have a good chat about their love for nature and wildlife so I’m excited for Nature Natter to begin. Additionally as a charity your support really does make a difference to us. From protecting wildlife, to helping people connect with nature and each other, every penny helps, and never more so than now, so thank you.”
The gift receiver doesn’t need to be a technology expert, they just need a phone, a nice cuppa and be ready to soak up the knowledge from one of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust team about a topic close to their heart. The conversations will not be area specific so we can talk to anyone across the country.
To gift a natter with a wildlife expert to your loved one visit – https://www.wildsheffield.com/nature-natters