An Easter Weekend Activity That is Good For You And The Planet

If you go down to the woods today…

The weather has turned, the sun is shining and there is warmth on the breeze. We all want to get out of our homes and offices, breath the spring air and enjoy our countryside.

All of us are more aware than ever of climate change on our environment and the dramatic impact it is having on our planet. Some of the issues may seem just too big for us to grapple with but how about getting involved with a project a bit closer to home that can help your immediate neighbourhood and help scientists understand what is happening in the woods and forests where you live - and it can help with achieving your daily step challenge!

This week the Forestry Commission launched ‘The Big Forest Find”. This project will be Englands largest survey of forest wildlife. All of us can get involved and the animal and plant life that we help to record across our nations woods and forests will help us protect and provide homes for wildlife, now and in the future so a “feel good” boost too.

The Big Forest Find is an excellent motivation to get out and about with friends and family and take those promised walks in the woods and do more than just stroll and enjoy the view - get down and dirty recording forest floor plant and animal life, you will be amazed at the variety of plant and animal life and just how much you will learn about the natural planet on our doorstep.

To get involved:

Download the iNaturalist app before taking a walk in the woods

Join the Big Forest Find project in the app

Use the app to take and upload photos of animal and plant life you discover

Get species suggestions from naturalists in the app

Keep recording on every forest adventure through to the end of October

There are a number of local Big Forest events and you can find the nearest one to you by visiting www.forestryengland.co.uk and search for “The Big Forest Find”