Share your love of nature
We're challenging you to share your love of nature by recording the sights and sounds of the natural world in the streets, gardens and parks near you.
This Volunteers' Week you can become a neighbourhood ranger and show your support for wildlife by making a short nature documentary, building a home for an animal, or drawing a picture of what you see in your garden.
It's thanks to the hard work of our volunteers that we're able to look after the countryside and the wildlife that depends on it. Ordinarily, our youth rangers would be helping us look after wildlife in the parkland, woodland, meadows and gardens in our care. While it's not possible to volunteer at the moment, here are some fun ways to connect to nature on your doorstep.
This is a weekend challenge for members and supporters. This challenge has been designed so that it can be done safely in your house, garden or local area, so please take part responsibly and follow government guidance on social distancing.
Put nature in the spotlight
You may have noticed some new visitors to your neighbourhood during lockdown. We're talking about hedgehogs, birds, field mice, rabbits, wildflowers bees and butterflies. Or perhaps you've had more time on your hands to notice the beauty of the natural world around you.
Our rangers often record the health of nature and wildlife at the rivers, forests, mountains, meadows and parkland in our care through photography and film. And we'd love it if you could capture the stories of wildlife in your area by making a short nature documentary or taking a photograph.
" Being an urban ranger is important because you are helping keep the park a nice safe peaceful place for families to have fun and enjoy."
What have you noticed about nature?
What has wildlife been getting up to in your area? Have you been on any memorable walks or taken time out to watch the birds outside your window? Perhaps you can draw a picture of what you see. Or you could even write a poem about your experiences in nature, as young supporter Seren has done below.
Walking through the green forest
A beautiful place in every sense
The birds singing,
What’s not to love?
The clear, pure stream
Alongside the path is flowing
The sun is shining
And the leaves blowing,
In the green forest
A poem by Seren
" I volunteer because I can spend time in nature and meet other young people who are also passionate about wildlife."
" Our young ranger volunteers, and those that support them, play a hugely important part in looking after our natural environment and inspiring others to take a stand for nature."