Reconnect to nature this spring

A beautiful redstart captured by Volunteer Photographer Kev

Going on a social distancing walk 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 enjoying your daily form of exercise in your local outdoor space, 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 sounds of birdsongs. We all need nature but at the same time, nature needs all of us to care for it and protect it.

Take time to stop and admire the nature all around you
Take time to stop and admire the nature all around you
Take time to stop and admire the nature all around you

Take a moment to stop and notice the smaller details of spring, many that are often invisible to the naked eye or when speeding by at pace – tiny green shoots pushing up through the soil, our special birds like the curlew that nest on the ground and tree buds revealing their hues of greens. When walking your dog, please help us to keep wildlife, livestock and other people safe by keeping your dog on a 2m lead to minimise any disturbance and to ensure that everyone enjoys their precious time in the outdoors – thank you.

Kev captures a brief pause from this Pied Flycatcher
Kev captures a brief pause from this Pied Flycatcher
Kev captures a brief pause from this Pied Flycatcher

Above all else please stay safe during these unusual times. We are very fortunate to have one form of daily exercise, so use it wisely and continue to look after the outdoor spaces you love. Remember to walk or cycle from your own doorstep, to keep you, others, our local communities and farm tenants in the Peak District safe and you are also helping to reduce carbon emissions. Please continue to social distance wherever you go, keeping 2 metres or more away from others that you pass and be kind, we will get through this together. Stay home, save lives, protect the NHS.