Nature New Year’s resolutions

Girl jumping in the air beside a mini den
Be a friend to wildlife this year (Photo: Dan Lee/WTML)

Stuck for a New Year’s resolution? We’ve put together some ideas for nature-themed ones that you’ll definitely want to stick to.

Help wildlife all year round

There are lots of ways to help our feathered friends survive the colder months – make our brilliant bird feeder and fill it with seeds or rustle up some fat maggot bird feed.

But it’s not just in the depths of winter that wildlife needs a helping hand. Spring is a great time to build a frog pond where your local amphibians can spend the breeding season. In summer, give butterflies a treat with our sugary butterfly supper. And in autumn, creatures need a cosy place to snuggle up for the winter so build a hedgehog home or a minibeast palace.

Introduce a friend to nature

Little boy holding a net and standing by a marshy pond
Go pond dipping (Photo: iStock.com/GrabillCreative)

It’s hard to believe, but not everyone loves nature and the outdoors as much as we do! Often it’s because they just don’t know what they’re missing.

See if you can drag a friend away from their screens and take them along on a woodland walk. Make sure you have lots of really exciting things planned – perhaps go animal tracking, spot some woodland wonders, build a den, or do some pond dipping. They’ll soon be a convert!

Become a citizen scientist

Recording anything from the first butterfly of spring to the first ripe blackberry can help scientists track how the changing climate is affecting nature. And you can play a part by logging your first sightings on our Nature’s Calendar website. There are special citizen science events you can get involved with throughout the year too. Why not get started with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch from 27-29 of January?

Look after the environment

Saving water and energy will help save the environment, so why not become the official family turner offer? Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, switch off lights when you leave the room, and don’t leave electrical things on standby. Remember to keep nagging the rest of your family to do the same!

Learn to identify bird songs

Singing grasshopper warbler
Identify birds by their songs (Photo: Amy Lewis/WTML)

We have lots of spotter sheets, such as our woodland birds ID, to help you identify birds by sight, but what about using your ears too?

Check out our handy bird song identifier and take your birding skills to the next level!

We’d love to hear about your New Year’s resolutions so share them using #NatureDetectives.

Happy New Year!

What's your New Year's resolution?

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