Nature watching activities

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Last updated on March 26, 2020


We may be in some form of lockdown, but don’t forget to take time to go out into your garden – if you can – or spend a few minutes everyday at your window observing the world outside. As we enter spring, you should be able to spot plenty of wildlife and indications of the change in seasons.

OCN is putting together a collection of the best resources that we can find, most of which can be printed off. Although a lot of the resources have been created with kids in mind, they are informative and engaging for adults too.

Resources like The Wildlife Trusts' Signs of Spring Spotter worksheet can keep you in touch with nature.

Resources like The Wildlife Trusts’ Signs of Spring Spotter worksheet can keep you in touch with nature.

Try some birdwatching

Print off one of the worksheets below – provided by the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts – and start to see what birds are active in your neighbourhood. Although this is easier with a pair of binoculars, you should still be able to give it a go without.

Bugs lives

Our insect and arachnid friends will continue their day to day operations unaffected by the current situation.  Though often hidden, these creatures are no less fascinating and varied than birds or mammals.

You may choose to focus your activities on garden visitors such as butterflies or get to know your spidery house guests. Either way, there are lots of bug-watching resources that can be printed off and completed at your leisure. This would also be an opportunity to take part in some valuable community research by counting bug numbers, particularly butterflies and bees.

Mammals and other animals

For anyone fortunate enough to live in the countryside or have a garden that may be visited by intrepid urban mammals, there are also plenty of activities that you can engage with. A small selection is listed below.