Getting back to nature

10 June 2015

Carolyne Culver, Fellow and Head of Communications for the University’s MPLS Division writes about embracing the outdoors to help boost our wellbeing.

Oxford Festival of Nature, BBC Springwatch, and the local Wildlife Trust’s ‘30 Days Wild’. What a wonderful time of year!

Oxford Festival of Nature  is  currently underway. Nearly every day the Oxford University Museum of Natural History has been running an event for the public. The University’s wildlife haven Wytham Woods ran a ‘Mammal Detectives’ event and there was a crayfish trapping in the University Parks.

BBC Springwatch is still with us until tomorrow (Thursday 11 June). Their online live cameras are running nearly 24/7 including a swift nesting box. The swifts are back in the tower at the Museum and you can watch their progress via online webcam too.

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trusts are running ‘30 Days Wild’ through June so if you live further afield there are plenty of activities to participate in.

If you haven’t visited Otmoor RSPB reserve, just north east of Oxford, I can highly recommend it. I sheltered in the hide on Friday evening watching wading birds while the rain hammered down, and emerged to a rainbow and the sound of turtle doves and cuckoos.

The College is very conscious of being sustainable wherever possible. Maybe we could put up some nest boxes and have a bee hive in future years?

The weather is supposed to be getting better this week so let’s make the most of any opportunities to escape outside to help boost our wellbeing in an attempt to alleviate any stresses and strains of Trinity Term!

Carolyne Culver