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How to help wildlife during lockdown
Lockdown has been a strange time for all of us, with many people missing the freedom to spend unlimited time outdoors and a sense of purpose or fulfilment.

Now the Coast Care team are back, it’s been great to organise small sessions to allow our volunteers to get back to protecting the beautiful Northumbrian coastline. We’re still having to limit how much we do and how many people we do it with though in order to keep everyone safe. There are plenty of other things you can do though to help the natural world in a safe, socially distanced manner. Keep reading for our suggestions.

Explore the local area

Many of us have had more time to appreciate the beauty on our doorsteps. I’ve been really grateful for the many public footpaths around Alnwick; I think I could walk them blindfolded at this point! Getting outdoors and connecting with nature is so important for our wellbeing and mental health, especially at stressful times like this. There are lots of well-marked paths to explore along the coast, from the historic St Oswald’s Way to the more recent addition of the Northumberland Coastal Path. The Tweed and Coast Nature Trail in Berwick is a fantastic short walk. At a little under three miles and with blue butterfly shaped information boards along the way, it’s a great one for kids too. Find out more at

Whether you’re out enjoying one of Northumberland’s iconic footpaths, strolling along the beach or running errands in the local town, the 2 Minute Foundation is a great organisation to support. All they ask is that we all spend two minutes picking up litter when we’re out and about. Learn more at

Wildlife surveying

Summer is a great time to take part in a citizen science survey. You don’t need to be an expert, just download what you need rom the relevant website and get recording! Here are a few that are asking for your help at the moment:

Make changes to your daily routine

For many, this pandemic has been an opportunity to reflect on how we want to live in the future as we come to terms with the impacts of Covid-19. The environment is front and centre in this. There is a growing desire to rebuild our society into one that values everything the natural world gives us, which can start with small changes that we are all able to make at home:

Are there any that we’ve missed? How have you been connecting with the natural world during these strange times?

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