It's the start of Lent today, a time when both religious and even non religious people give up something for 40 days. It got me thinking about what I would give up if I was going to do it. And then I started to think about what everyone else might being giving up.
I could give up chocolate or maybe Hobnobs, but that doesn't really make any difference to anyone else. So then I thought what if I gave up more time for nature. For example, I could watch a bit less TV and use that time to do more to help our wildlife..........and so could all of you.
So I am asking you to give up some time for Lent (or just because you want to make a difference) and give that time to helping nature. There are loads of things you could do. Here are just 10 simple ideas:
1. Do a nest record for the BTO
2. Feed the birds
3. Clean and disinfect your bird feeders
4. Make a nest box
5. Introduce a friend to birding/nature
6. Give a talk in a school about our amazing wildlife
7. Plant some insect friendly flowers
8. Make a hedgehog house
9. Pick up litter
10. Do a WeBS count
So please add into the comments about what you will do to help nature with the time you give up. And lets get a good head start on making a difference.
I will add the names and promises of anyone joining in on Twitter to the end of the blog so we can all share our ideas.
So over to you.
Betty Jo Workman @bettyjo62 I am going to try and plant all bee friendly plants and flowers in my garden
BTO @_BTO We'd like people to look out for birds & record what they see - simples!
Dawn Balmer @DEBALMER I'll be making extra time to cover two of the random squares for the @_BTO Peregrine Survey. I do my usual surveys too.