Durham Wildlife Trust’s new initiative during the restrictions of the coronavirus crisis.

Published by Sue Park

Durham Wildlife Trust is launching a new initiative to help keep people entertained during the restrictions in place to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

‘Wild@Home’ has been designed to help everyone spot flowers, plants and animals, in their own gardens, yards or nearby green spaces.

Free resources will be shared every Monday on the Trust website, and topics will include everything from tips on how to identify plants and trees bursting into life and spotting the garden birds, to when and where to watch for bats becoming more active after the long winter and how to survey the mini-beasts emerging.

Children – and adults – are being urged to share the wild fun by completing online surveys and on Durham Wildlife Trust’s social media sites using the hashtag #dwtwildathome

Durham Wildlife Trust Director Jim Cokill said: “We know that this is an anxious time for many people and keeping the mind active will be vital in the weeks and months to come.

“Spring is a terrific time to spot flora and fauna as the world comes back to life and sharing details of what we see is an excellent way of focusing the mind on something other than the virus. Of course gardens are teeming with wildlife, but you can spot wildlife through your window or along any street if you take time to look and if the Durham Wildlife Trust team can assist with ID that will help to keep their skills sharp too.

“Keep an eye out for house sparrows, blackbirds, the first swallows returning, red admiral and small tortoiseshell butterflies, or, during early evening bats. Alternatively, if getting outside is not possible, ‘kittiwake cam’ is now online where you can view the most inland breeding colony of kittiwakes in the world. These fantastic birds spend autumn and winter out at sea and return to nest on building and bridge ledges along the Tyne late February through to August. Visit our website to view the camera live.”