Hope is the thing with feathers. Words of Emily Dickinson. And last spring, many people got through the first lockdown with the help of the birds, finding comfort and, above all, hope in the wild world.
The birds sang and the people who took their daily exercise beneath the trees endured.
Many people noticed nature as if for the first time, turning to the wild world with joy and relief. It helped that last year’s spring was glorious even by the usual standards.
Last spring, many people got through the first lockdown with the help of the birds, finding comfort and, above all, hope in the wild world
So they looked closer than ever before, listened harder and even started to learn the names of the birds, all the time wondering: what have I been doing all my life? How could I possibly have failed to notice how great birds are?
Now we are a year on, and many people have progressed from that early wonder.
Indeed, a YouGov survey commissioned in January by the RSPB revealed 63 per cent of people said watching birds and hearing their song added to their enjoyment of life since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than half believing lockdown has made them more aware of the nature around them…