Charity’s call for people to ‘embrace nature’ to boost wellbeing
A leading Scottish environment charity is calling on people to use nature to boost their wellbeing this winter.
WWF Scotland is highlighting the iconic species and plants to be found in Scotland’s greenspaces and has come up with a list of animals, birds and plants to look out for.
The advice to use nature to boost wellbeing comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted most people to their homes and surrounding areas, meaning the surrounding nature is more important than ever.
The charity has highlighted a number of things to look out for on winter walks, including holly, snowdrops, otters and red squirrels.
Dr Sheila George, Food and Environment Policy Manager at WWF Scotland, said: “The past year has been incredibly challenging in many different ways, however one constant through it all has been the ability of nature to heal and restore our spirits.
“From the Black Isle to Burntisland and the Western Isles to Wester Hailes, people have been relying on green space for exercise, mental health and wellbeing.
“Even a wee bit of fresh air, some greenery or a hint of birdsong can really help keep us going, whatever the weather. This winter we’re encouraging people to get outside, take a wander close to where they live and spot the nature on their doorstep.
“As we start to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, restoring and protecting nature can be a vital part of our green recovery, with tree planting and restoring important carbon-rich habitats like peatlands presenting ample opportunities for supporting jobs and skills in Scotland’s rural economy.
“And ensuring people have access to greenspace, where nature is protected and valued, is key. Nature gives us so much – let’s make sure it’s at the heart of our decision making.”