We have several young volunteers here at RSPB Sandwell who help out with our family days and events, from pond dipping to den building, craft activities and more. After a year moving in and out of Lockdown, we thought we’d catch up with some of them and learn how they’ve benefitted being out of doors surrounded by nature during a global pandemic…

1. Have you done any nature or wildlife activities during lockdown?

I went outside and collected red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple things from my garden.

During the first lockdown I went on morning walks and looked for meteors when there was a shower forecast.

2. What have you missed about being on the reserve?

I enjoy socialising with a variety of ages.

I have missed the fresh leafy smell and the smell of warm sunrays heating everything up. I also miss seeing all the animals and insects that emerge over the seasons.

3. Did being out of doors in nature help you at all during the pandemic?

Yes, it refreshed me and calmed me down.

I found being out in nature very therapeutic and a real stress reliever over the pandemic.

If you’re aged 14 and over and would like to volunteer with us, drop us an email at sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk or ring us on 0121 357 7395. Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills, and we think it’s even better when you’re surrounded by nature and helping give local wildlife a home.

You can also join the RSPB as a young person through our Youth Membership. You'll receive magazines, a Wild Welcome Pack and you can get free access to reserves up and down the country - including ours!  Discover more here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/join-and-donate/join-us/youth-membership/