Lockdown Activities and Boredom Busters

At NWKCP we are all currently working from home and following the current coronavirus lockdown instructions and guidance on social distancing. Like many of you we have been adjusting to a new way of working but have still felt the tug of nature on our heart strings. Because of this, we are busy creating and writing activities, blogs and boredom busters for you and your family focussed on our wonderful wildlife, that you can read and do from the comfort of your own home. We are hoping that even though this is a difficult time for everyone that we can all still enjoy nature and do our part for it.

Please check back here weekly as we will be updating with new content and the answers to the following week’s boredom busters.

Lucy’s Gardening Blog

Our colleague Lucy has been getting out and about in her garden to tell us about all the wonderful wildlife she has visiting there. The first two parts of her ‘confined to the garden’ blog can be read via the links below with more segments to follow on here soon.

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/explore-kent-bucket/uploads/sites/2/2020/03/26131209/blog-confined-to-the-garden-intro.pdf

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/explore-kent-bucket/uploads/sites/2/2020/03/26131212/blog-garden-wildlife-week1.pdf

Boredom Busters
Please click on the link to access our boredom busters which have questions on wildlife along with some suggested nature activities.

Week 1:  https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/explore-kent-bucket/uploads/sites/2/2020/03/26121813/Boredom-Buster-1.pdf

Wildlife ID Challenge
Over the next two weeks why not brush up on your ID skills and see how many of these common birds you can spot using the ID sheet for help? This can be done either in your garden or as part of your daily exercise allowance e.g. a walk in your local park. Please remember if you do venture out to practice social distancing and keep at least 2m away from others.
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/explore-kent-bucket/uploads/sites/2/2020/03/26121824/Bird-ID.pdf

Citizen Science Projects

If you still want to volunteer, there are ways to do this without having to leave your home. There are a variety of different citizen science projects which are web based which you can get involved with and we have included a few below:

ZSL are running there instant wild project which wants volunteers to help scientists understand how seals use a popular haul-out site in the Thames Estuary https://instantwild.zsl.org/projects/thames

Mammal web is asking people to identify mammals in photos taken from camera traps to help us determine their distribution and learn more about their ecology https://www.mammalweb.org/index.php/en/

Zooniverse has a collection of different citizen science projects which include penguin picture tagging, an offal camera set up and nest cams to name a few https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?discipline=nature&page=1&status=live

Seabird Watch is set up by Oxford University and uses cameras as a monitoring network for Arctic seabird conservation. They need your help counting birds, nests and eggs in their thousands of photos. https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/penguintom79/seabirdwatch

Penguin Watch is set up by Oxford University and uses cameras as a monitoring network for penguin conservation. They need your help counting penguins, chicks, nests and eggs in their thousands of photos. https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/penguintom79/penguin-watch

Naturehood is a project focused on taking action for wildlife in private gardens, and encourages wildlife friendly actions in communities. Take simple surveys to record changes in your garden wildlife. https://naturehood.uk/

Living with mammals is calling for volunteers to take part in spring’s survey of wild mammals in gardens and local green spaces. Choose a site close to home and spend a short time each week looking out for wild mammals or the signs they leave behind. https://ptes.org/get-involved/surveys/garden/living-with-mammals/

Bee-fly watch is asking for people to record when they see bee-flies and submit them on the following website https://www.brc.ac.uk/soldierflies-and-allies/bee-fly-watch

RHS Cellar Slug Survey asks members of the public to submit records of Yellow Cellar Slug and Green Cellar Slug in UK gardens, along with information about your garden so they can establish any links between habitat features and where these species occur. https://www.rhs.org.uk/slugssurvey

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