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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.

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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

Lockdown’s Silver Lining

Lockdown’s Silver Lining

For Pauline Gilbertson, Lockdown provided an opportunity to uncover the diverse and beautiful wildlife that thrives on the outskirts of ...
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It’s the Little Things that Count

It’s the Little Things that Count

For local naturalist, Vivien Kent, Lockdown has meant time to study and appreciate the smaller residents of her garden ...
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Spring on the Spetchells

Spring on the Spetchells

Rinke Vinkenoog provides an account of the unfolding spring at the Prudhoe Spetchells, highlighting the wildlife you can enjoy at ...
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Nature Finds in my Journals

Nature Finds in my Journals

For artist, Alison Cutts, Lockdown was spent creating detailed illustrations of objects found in nature, from Primroses to pebbles ...
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Wild on my doorstep

Wild on my doorstep

For artist and designer, Stephen Pardue, lockdown means appreciating the smallest of things on his local patch ...
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Discovering Nature on the Doorstep

Discovering Nature on the Doorstep

Young naturalist, David Raffle, shares his Lockdown Naturalist experience from Gosforth ...
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