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Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist

Help capture a moment in time by contributing your notes of a lockdown naturalist. We want to capture your Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist; a snapshot of your thoughts and reflections. You could write a short article, create some art, compose a poem. It’s up to you.

A Nature Notebook from Wylam © Stephen Pardue

Share your thoughts

Across the North East, naturalists have been forced to adapt the way in which they study and enjoy wildlife.  You have been sharing wonderful moments, photos, and observations of nature closer to home during the lockdown. To capture this moment in time for future generations, you can now share your thoughts and reflections of your time spent with nature.

Share your Lockdown Naturalist reflections by answering the question below:

How has Coronavirus affected your thoughts, actions, or appreciation of nature, the place you live, or the wider environment?

Here are some ways you can share your thoughts with us:

  • Writing your response (maximum 500 words)
  • Submitting a short video (maximum 4 minutes)
  • Sharing a photo(s), preferably of you in your local patch/garden. (Photos are optional).
  • You can also share your creative projects undertaken during the lockdown, including artworks and notebook entries.

Please email your reflections to Clare Freeman, NHSN Director, at clare.freeman@newcastle.ac.uk. Please include your name, neighbourhood and if desirable, a short bio.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your story you agree to the consent below.

“I donate my Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist to NHSN. I consent to it being made publicly available and assign my copyright to NHSN so that it can be reproduced in full or in part on websites, in publications, and in broadcasts.”

Notes from Lockdown Naturalists across the North East

New Friends, New Possibilities: Lockdown 2020

New Friends, New Possibilities: Lockdown 2020

Dr Mike Cassidy shares how innovation allowed a small group of bird enthusiasts to continue enjoying nature during lockdown ...
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Saved by Seashells She Saved

Saved by Seashells She Saved

For local artist, Charlotte Powell, beachcombing provided solace, healing and inspiration during lockdown ...
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Nature and the new lifestyle in the summer of COVID-19

Nature and the new lifestyle in the summer of COVID-19

Following her earlier post, Hanna Tamminen looks back on lockdown and the challenges and opportunities it brought for those with ...
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“Go to the Bees, thou sluggard!”

“Go to the Bees, thou sluggard!”

For Rinke Vinkenoog, lockdown provided the opportunity to study the differing foraging habits of male and female Red-tailed Bumblebees ...
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Lockdown Notes

Lockdown Notes

For long-term NHSN member, David Hall, lockdown provided an opportunity to track and observe the highs and lows of life ...
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Lockdown on the Allotment

Lockdown on the Allotment

For wildlife gardener and amateur naturalist, Rob Galpin, lockdown was spent admiring the comings and goings of wildlife on his ...
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