Online resources – places, nature, wildlife

… things you can do while staying at home or near to home – READ, LISTEN, LOOK, WATCH, DO, CONTRIBUTE. Including:

  • landscape, places, rivers and other waters
  • (SCROLL DOWN FOR) nature, wildlife – observing, learning, recording

plant with insectLots of links, organised into categories. I haven’t checked all of them, so don’t vouch for their usability etc. Added to from time to time.

See also Online resources – heritage & the arts and Online resources – swim advice + exercise & health

Though not part of those projects, these links might be of interest while events are postponed, as many are relevant to Tales from the River and Healing Waters, which will look at the history and practical aspects of outdoor swimming – read more on the OS Brecks pages of this website. (These projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.) And many are relevant to other projects in the BFER scheme.

landscape, places, rivers and other waters
Lots of resources on rivers https://www.theriverstrust.org/2020/03/30/stay-home-stay-safe/

Rivers of Norfolk art and walking project https://torfalcon.co.uk/about-the-project

Virtual tour of NT places, including Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/virtual-tours-of-our-places

Breckland virtual tour (need to download app and sign up) https://www.breckworld.com/

Swim Places https://www.imogensriverswims.co.uk/blog/places/

Including Brecks locations for swims 4-7 Oct 2019

And more ideas on swim places https://www.imogensriverswims.co.uk/blog/links/

Some more virtual tours

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

https://www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk/amazing-memories/discover/virtual-staycations-british-landmarks-you-can-visit-from-your-sofa/

https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/g31913008/best-virtual-tours-garden/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/19/dutch-flower-parks-virtual-tour-brings-its-blooms-to-living-rooms

Take a virtual tour – The Royal Parks

Other landscape collections

https://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/home

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2020/02/26/thames-water-archive-photos-now-available-online/

Just published, Wanderland: A search for magic in the landscape, Jini Reddy, https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/wanderland-9781472951939/

UP THE RODING, An occasional blog about walking in the edgelands of North East London and various other places http://www.holli.co.uk/blog-home.htm?fbclid=IwAR2Je98m-SGzhJldJNOcj1UcaTQo2MIn7BLEPJFhJQaC2oc_wqgqgCte_hs

Telling stories that explore and celebrate the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble https://talkingrivers.podbean.com/

nature, wildlife
Getting close to nature Finding a Friend in Nature

Forest bathing Activity Sheets for children and adults, activity sheet. Click this link to download www.forestryeng.land/forest-bathing-for-all

Stay home green resources for parents and children https://www.parentsforfuture.org.uk/

Nature activities for children https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

Broads Water, Mills and Marshes Education pages, intro and links to other similar resources https://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/education-activities/, then a new topic each week, all fascinating:

https://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/education-activities/week-1-habitats-and-wildlife/

https://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/education-activities/week-2-peat-in-the-broads-national-park/

https://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/education-activities/week-3-marshmen/

Broads Authority Learning

Field Studies Council

OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) ID guides & resources 

OPAL Citizen Science 

RSPB Fun and Learning

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Discover and Learn

The Wildlife Trust Wildlife Watch

Natural History Museum Citizen Science Projects

Zooniverse Projects 

Wild Time Learning

How to beat the Coronavirus blues – things to do in nature https://www.visitthebroads.co.uk/the-blog/how-to-beat-the-coronavirus-blues

Wildlife resources http://www.sewbrec.org.uk/sewbrec-surveys/indoor-wildlife-resources1.page

Birds https://www.bl.uk/the-language-of-birds/articles/the-top-10-british-birdsongs

The RSPB bird identifier https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

Bird song– ID links

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/04/identify-bird-song/

https://www.british-birdsongs.uk/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-songs/

BTO Bird identification https://www.bto.org/develop-your-skills/bird-identification

Podcasts on swifts – harbingers of summer, due soon! http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/5/9/e/59e9a8c847eb34ce/rspb_naturesvoice137.mp3?c_id=41117789&cs_id=41117789&expiration=1588107766&hwt=cedc2f0360c27b4c393fd8ecb73a01d3

Lots more podcasts from RSPB here https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/natures-home-magazine/rspb-podcasts/

Download free flower finding sheets https://bsbi.org/herbology-hunt

Violets guide #wildflowerhour, @nervousbotanist, https://t.co/pbcZdebCWg, as PDF https://www.dropbox.com/s/jzq65l1oyikek5k/dinkymoira%20Violets.pdf?dl=0

Buttercups guide  https://t.co/5MMZw8D8AU

Speedwell guide https://t.co/o45zt4QUqH

Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Garden Wildflower Hunt https://bsbi.org/garden-wildflower-hunt

Foraging Guide – Month by Month – Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/things-to-do/foraging/

#wildflowerhour Is it ok to pick wildflowers for foraging, enjoyment or for botanical purposes? Excellent advice from the @BSBIbotany Code of Conduct, a must read for all wild flower lovers! https://t.co/GVg2moEx6b  https://t.co/UfwkG6MKUl

Blossom https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/blossom-watch

Spring Blossom Identification Quiz – Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/spring-blossom-quiz/

Music and nature – Dawn chorus event 16 May (and generally) https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/dawns-to-brighten-your-day

Clouds https://cloudappreciationsociety.org/

Podcasts to keep you connected to nature https://www.forestryengland.uk/blog/top-nature-podcasts

Alvecote Wood video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75b5ELu1Fso&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0dHCnCJrWFHW6i7HF0Y59nEE746g7Ny5WcEpAvOD11chpxbVgMQN8-S9w

The forest’s lifecycle www.forestryengland.uk/forests-lifecycle

Anglian Water (@AnglianWater) have added a range of educational resources about the exciting world of water, engineering & the environment to our website. This may be of help if you’re a teacher after some lesson plan inspiration. Do take a look and share it with other teachers. https://t.co/jYWMXUouUY  https://t.co/gGIullkDG7

Nature writer and novelist https://melissaharrison.co.uk/podcast/the-stubborn-light-of-things-1-endurance/

BBC Wildlife partners with new youth nature writing competition – Discover Wildlife https://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/bbc-wildlife-youth-nature-writing-competition/

CONTRIBUTE https://www.ukri.org/news/nationwide-nature-diary-to-capture-first-day-of-spring/

CONTRIBUTE Twitter @wildflower_hour, #wildflowerhour: 8-9pm Sunday or anytime, Wild Flowers you found in Britain and Ireland

CONTRIBUTE iRecord, for managing and sharing your wildlife records https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/

Woodland Trust https://naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk/what-we-record-and-why/

The National Biodiversity Network compiled advice on wildlife recording https://nbn.org.uk/recording-advice-during-covid-19-restrictions/

Identify nature | Natural History Museum https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature.html

Essays on forestry http://www.confor.org.uk/news/latest-news/winning-essays-from-thefutureisforestry-prize-are-published/

Climate Action https://takeclimateaction.uk/resources/campaigning-context-coronavirus

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