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Helping our butterflies help our own mental health, says Dr. Amir Khan

Helping our butterflies helps our own mental health, says Dr. Amir Khan. Research shows that it took 83% of those surveyed to notice pollinators during the lockdown last spring.

The Wildlife Charity Butterfly Conservation, in partnership with the Dobbies Garden Centers, is launching its Nurture for Nature campaign to encourage more people to take care of themselves by taking care of nature this spring.

Spending time in nature is extremely beneficial to our mental health. Just a short time in nature can relieve stress, and connecting with nature can help us feel happier and more energetic. For example, spending time watching butterflies and moths in flight can be a wonderful and calming experience. Taking care of nature ensures that these benefits continue to exist. This is really a win-win situation for all of us.

Dr. Amir Khan, Ambassador for the Protection of Butterflies, urged people to join the campaign: “When we start spring again, we need to remember how our increasing closeness to nature affected us in the warmer months of last year really helped. Like a butterfly that exists as a tiny egg over winter, the promise of spring was with us in the winter months, and now we can once again be inspired by the wildlife around us. “

Little Tortoiseshell, Copyright Tony Davison, from the Surfbirds Galleries

More and more people have rediscovered nature during the closures. Research at the University of Cumbria, attended by more than 700 participants last year, shows that the 2020 spring lockdown encouraged people to spend more time outdoors whenever possible. The number of respondents who said they spend more than an hour and a half per day outdoors increased from 27% before the closure to 45% during the closure. In addition, 67% of respondents said they were more likely to actively talk to friends and family about nature during the lockdown, while 83% of respondents specifically took time to notice butterflies and / or bees. Given these data, Butterfly Conservation urges people to take care of their own corners of the natural world, to encourage nature to thrive, and to continue to comfort and inspire us.

Nurture For Nature means building a natural world that supports butterflies. This is because butterflies are not only important pollinators, but also form important parts of the complex ecosystems that support the birds that sing in our gardens and the mammals that populate our landscape. Their continued decline is very worrying for our wildlife as a whole. But there are things we can do to increase their numbers.

Dr. Kate Dent, Director of Engagement at Butterfly Conservation, says, “When spring finally comes, we can all do our little bit to help butterflies wherever we live, knowing that it will also help our sanity. Whether it is caring for herb seedlings in a window box, planting wildflowers in your garden, or relearning how to breathe and feel the gift of nature in our local green spaces. “

Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director of Dobbies, the official partner of Nurture for Nature, said, “Dobbies is committed to promoting the importance of promoting wildlife, garden health and wellbeing, sustainable practices and environmentally friendly products. We are proud to support Butterfly Conservation with this important campaign and hope that people of all ages will gain valuable insights from the advice and recommendations we share in the coming weeks. “

Visit Butterfly-conservation.org/nurturefornature to learn how to care for yourself, your family and the outdoors this spring, and access your FREE guide to downloading wellness activities and green finger ideas.

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