This past week on the reserve we’ve been showing our love for nature as part of the Climate Change Coalition’s annual campaign to highlight the impact of global warming.
There’s always a lot of media attention on the negative effects that climate change is having on our landscapes and wildlife but this year we have chosen instead to talk about the things that are going well and the work that the RSPB is doing to safeguard important habitats for the future.
Britain has an amazing diversity of fauna and flora in a variety of habitats ranging from flat, low lying wetlands to heather strewn mountain peaks. This diversity of nature has the ability to influence us in a profound way.
Scientists researching the relationships that people have with their surroundings recognize that natural environments have a positive effect on the way we feel. Ideally, we should be able to get a view of nature within a five minute walk of where we live or work. But this doesn’t work for everyone or does it?
In reality, nature conveniently sits on our doorstep waiting to be discovered even if you work in a busy city or live on the fringes of modern urban sprawl. The smallest balcony or courtyard garden can still be a haven for wildlife and every little green space that we cultivate helps in the fight against climate change.
Over the recent half-term week, two of the volunteers at RSPB Titchwell Marsh have been leading activities designed to help families connect with nature in small but impactful ways. From building mini-homes for invertebrates to constructing peanut butter feeders for wintering birds, families and children have been learning how to help wildlife adapt, survive, and thrive in today’s changing climate.
Other volunteers have been flooding the reserve with green hearts to highlight their connection with the wildlife and habitats here. Writing a Valentine’s message to the reserve may seem a little strange but it hones down why so many people give of their time and talents to volunteer here.
Reasons varied from “Titchwell is my second home” and “I love the peace and tranquillity I feel from being so close to nature” to “I feel rested and calm after a morning out on the reserve”.
In essence, our volunteers are experiencing first hand the physical and mental benefits from interacting with nature. It’s heartening to know that! Our volunteers are often the first people that visitors engage with and are probably the best ambassadors we could have.
They play a vital role in sustaining the work we do and have embraced our #sharethelove campaign with gusto as they’ve talked to visitors about climate change and what the reserve is doing to combat its effects.
If you would like to know more, then come on over to our large space and talk to one of our amazing volunteers about what you can do in your small space to help nature survive.