Reconnect to nature this spring

Curlews make their nests on the ground and lay eggs during the spring

Using your one form of exercise each day, whether it's a walk or jog, can revive us and can help us to reawaken our senses with all that spring has to offer.

Whether you're exploring wildflower meadows, listening to birdsong in tranquil woods or pottering in your garden, spending time in nature can give you a sense of peace and a breather from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Take the time to stop and appreciate all the joys and that sense of wellbeing that nature provides - the sight of new animals, the smells of wildflowers and the sound of birdsong. We all need nature but at the same time, nature needs all of us to care for it and protect it.

Golden plovers nest on the moorland in summer
Golden plover sat in heather
Golden plovers nest on the moorland in summer

Take a moment to stop and notice the smaller details of spring, many that are often invisible to the naked eye and when speeding by at pace – tiny green shoots pushing up through the soil, our special birds like the curlew and the golden plover that nest on the ground and tree buds revealing their hues of greens. In early springtime look out for anenome and then swathes of bluebells begin to flourish from mid-April. You may also spot all the new native saplings that our teams of rangers and volunteers have planted in order to diversify our woodlands, allowing them to provide richer habitats for wildlife and to better equip these areas to face the challenges of climate change.

Creating woodland in the Upper derwent Valley
hillsides, sapling trees in protective tubes, man standing to left
Creating woodland in the Upper derwent Valley

Across the countryside, lambs and calves are being born so please take extra care whilst out walking, ensuring you close gates behind you to keep young animals safe and keep dogs on leads to ensure they are not suddenly disturbed or frightened. You can also help birds that nest on the ground, like the curlew, by keeping dogs on a 2m lead to minimise any nest disturbance at this fragile time and to ensure that everyone enjoys their precious time in the outdoors – thank you.

Take the time to appreciate the sights, sounds and smells that bring us so much joy during spring
Take the time to appreciate the sights, sounds and smells that bring us so much joy during spring
Take the time to appreciate the sights, sounds and smells that bring us so much joy during spring

Be sure to always walk, run or cycle locally from your home to help protect you, others, our local communities and farm tenants but just think about how much you are reducing your carbon emissions by not using the car and helping the planet in a big way. Always maintain a 2m distance from other people to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and to keep everyone safe whilst out enjoying the signs of spring that we all need so much right now. Take care, stay safe and thank you.

Woodland bluebells in Fulwood Spinney, Edale End
footpath through bluebell wood
Woodland bluebells in Fulwood Spinney, Edale End