As we see out the last of winter (and lockdown, fingers crossed!) we're asking everyone to connect with nature on daily walks and try to do small kind things to improve the walking environment.
Since lockdowns began, many of us have walked more close to home. It's been a welcome break to refresh, energise and be active. This has highlighted the benefits of good path networks - they've been essential at helping us access the outdoors and keep healthy.
Maintaining paths has always been challenging, unfortunately there is not always a workforce available to maintain them, but there are small things we can all do as walkers that can help improve path networks.
A wellbeing boost
Connecting with nature improves our wellbeing. When we do something to improve our environment, we can feel a sense of accomplishment. Doing something kind can make you feel good and others too.
Throughout February and March we'll be sharing tips that will help you connect with nature and do small things that can improve the places where you walk.
Can listening to birdsong or observing birds improve our mental health and wellbeing?
Listening to birds and birdwatching are great activities to try when you are out exploring your local paths during lockdown or walking as part of your active travel journey. Have a look at our ideas to help you tune in to bird life.
In our guest blog, wildlife expert Daniele Muir shares the joy she's felt watching birds visit her garden this winter - proving you don't have to go far to connect wth nature and its beauty.
Over the 6 weeks of our campaign, we’ll have a weekly activity and competition you can enter to win a great prize.
Simply send us a photograph or a few sentences describing your experience while watching birds or listening to bird sounds this week.
The closing date is Sunday 28 Feb at midnight and you can find Terms and Conditions here.
Connect with #WalkingWithNature
There’s loads of tips, ideas and guidance on our walking hub, to help you get walking safely in nature as we head from winter into spring.
Remember, nature is all around us, and you can connect with nature no matter where you are.