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Coronavirus: Enjoy RSPB’s daily Breakfast Birdwatch

Starling in the apple tree
Starling in the apple tree

Watch the wonders of nature when you would normally be commuting

To brighten up our mornings, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has begun a daily Breakfast Birdwatch, between 8am-9am Monday to Friday.

It’s at this time when many people would have been commuting to work or doing the school run, unable to enjoy nature, from the safety of our homes.

Using #BreakfastBirdwatch on social media, the RSPB is hoping to create a friendly and supportive community sharing what they can see in their gardens, or from balconies, etc, keeping within government guidelines in relation to COVID-19.

It is vital that nature can still be enjoyed by as many people as possible, whether keen birders, parents, children, those self-isolating or anyone else able to join in.

Favourite garden visitor – the robin

The power of nature

While we are in the midst of an unparalleled crisis, we must not forget the power of nature, including how watching nature can be so positive for our mental health and wellbeing.

Throughout the coming weeks, Breakfast Birdwatch will focus on different themes and different species, helping to identify what our supporters have seen and heard, and answering questions along the way.

  • Include #BreakfastBirdwatch when sharing updates, photos, videos, questions and comments on social media.
  • The RSPB will have different themes, focusing on different species and helping supporters stay creative with ideas such as drawing and poetry.
  • As outdoor activity remains limited, and with the RSPB’s reserves closed, it is more important than ever to ensure the public has a powerful connection with nature on their doorstep.

For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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