Going through primary school and the lower years of secondary school I always found it really easy to find time to watch wildlife. Actually I didn’t ‘make’ time, the time was just there because I didn’t have any other pressures.
Now that I’m in my final year at school, especially this term, I’m finding it impossible to spend anytime with nature. Revision takes up a huge amount of time and one of my GCSE’s is Graphic communication. While there isn’t revision for this subject there is a large amount of time consuming background research and artwork.
The fact that it is dark around an hour after I get home from school doesn’t help either.
I know this is the sign of things to come as school will be replaced by college and college replaced by work, so I wonder if this is one of the reasons why many young people who were so passionate about wildlife start drifting away.
I put a ‘tweet’ out on Twitter the other day and so many others around my age replied with similar issues and some good advice, as follows.
- Reward yourself with a walk
- Plan something special for the holidays
- Make the most of the long summer holidays
- Time management (not my strong point)
The following day I was just opening my curtains first thing in the morning and I saw 2 foxes playing in the garden. It was as if they had come to visit me because I couldn’t go out to them. (Rubbish phone capture)
I have also found that using a trail camera is a good way to ‘see’ what wildlife is up to when I can’t get out.
Despite the cold weather the badgers are still active, the trail camera filmed 3 different badgers.
The fox is regularly visiting the garden to scavenge food from under the bird feeders or drink from the pond