Nature in lockdown

18 June 2020 | Posted in Author , Wildlife
Nature in lockdown
Little Egret © Neil Fletcher

Guest blog by 13 year old James Murphy of Steyning

It has been said that this lockdown has been highly beneficial to wildlife all over the world, but this blog just focuses on my corner of Sussex.  

I went to Cuckmere just before lockdown started, which was a treat. I saw Herons and Egrets, which I love, and I think it’s amazing how well adapted they are for their fishy diet. 

Cuckmere©Bastian SchnabelSussex Wildlife Trust

Cuckmere © Bastian Schnabel

I also saw a Goosander, which is always a cool sight.  

Goosander drake©Roger WilmshurstSussex Wildlife Trust

Goosander drake © Roger Wilmshurst

But why do I care enough to drag my family to these spots? Well, I think that can be blamed on my grandparents. They are all interested in wildlife and have taken me places my whole life. Same with my parents. Last May I went to Croatia with my friend and we caught snakes, spider crabs and fish and did a lot of bird-spotting.

I think for young people wildlife is fascinating because there is much to learn, and organisations like the Sussex Wildlife Trust offer peaceful sites to visit and the chance to enjoy a huge variety of wildlife.

Also, let’s be honest, it’s fun. Going rock pooling is great because anyone can enjoy looking for crabs, avid naturist or not.  

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© Ella Garrud

Animals are a constant, and the more people that fall back in love with nature, the more hope there is of it surviving for future generations. 

 James Murphy


  • AnneMarie Goodchild:

    22 Jun 2020 18:30:00

    I loved your “ blog” it’s always great listening to you chatting along about wildlife in Croatia , I remember you making a bear Grylls type contraption for trying to get the fish x

  • Sarah Bailey OBE:

    22 Jun 2020 18:43:00

    Always really informative James, thoughtfully put together and interesting. Enjoying your blog immensely

  • Imogen Hathaway:

    23 Jun 2020 17:10:00

    Amazing! Very informative and a brilliant read James:)

  • Michael Bailey:

    25 Jun 2020 09:20:00

    Lovely to read this blog and so pleased the trips to the country and coast have been so appreciated and we look forward to reading many more !

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