As with many organisations, we are looking forward to the time when it will be possible for us to resume our work parties and other activities. The break has given more time for other things, such as making our gardens better conservation areas for wildlife.
Those of us who have been able to watch BBC’s Springwatch programme will know the format has been different this year. Chris Packham and fellow presenters have been keeping to the pandemic restrictions, working in isolation. This has put the focus very much on the wildlife, not a bad thing.
A feature that has been introduced is a period of a minute and a half without commentary. The time is spent screening the sights and sounds of different parts of the countryside. Marvellous. Why only a minute and a half of such gentle therapy?
The programme also shows how the wildlife benefits from restricted human activity. A timely reminder that we share the planet with plants and animals, and their well-being is important for ours. Just one example, we rely on numerous insects to pollinate the plants on which we need for our food. Yet insecticides are regularly used without due regard for their long term impact. Conservation is not just a hobby for tree huggers. It is vital for the long term health, even survival, of all creatures.
For information about when our activities will resume, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website www.storringtonconservation.org.uk/