From Tuesday 24 March, the RSPB begins a daily Breakfast Birdwatch, taking place between 8-9am weekdays, at a time when many of us would have been commuting to work, doing the school run, or otherwise unable to enjoy the splendour of nature, from the safety of our homes.
Using #BreakfastBirdwatch on social media, the RSPB hopes to create a friendly, supportive and engaged community able to share what they can see in their gardens, on their balconies, rooftops, and spaces from their own homes, all the while 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. Over the coming days and weeks, the RSPB will be helping people to share their wildlife encounters, and also providing ideas for things you can do for wildlife close to home.
With the arrival of spring, there is so much incredible nature returning, blooming, growing and thriving outside, and 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.
The different themes will also help supporters stay creative, with ideas such as drawing and poetry.
Breakfast Birdwatch takes place weekdays between 8-9am, and participants are asked to include #BreakfastBirdwatch when sharing updates, photos, videos, questions and comments.