Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
8:52 AM 22nd November 2020

Winter Walks Are Anything But Gloomy

The RSPB keep over 100 reserves open in England for all to enjoy during the festive season
A walk in nature is found to reduce stress during these uncertain times

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A breath of cold winter’s air, crisp crunchy leaves and frost hanging on to the last of the winter foliage. Winter might not feel like the best season to explore the countryside and the nature that calls it home, but, according to the RSPB, stepping outside can do us the world of good.

According to the mental health charity Mind, bringing nature into your everyday life can help to improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed. Thankfully, nature isn’t just for enjoying when the sun is shining, and there’s a whole wintery world out there to discover.

As the days turn colder and the days may seem duller, the RSPB are keeping over 100 reserves open across the country to help you blow away the cobwebs, and with the help of their live map, you can discover that your local reserves may be right on your doorstep!

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Step outside for a chance to be inspired by sweeping mists and icy puddles or watch fluffed up birds as they flit between the trees, because nature can be just as beautiful during the colder months.

The RSPB’s reserves are great for wildlife, but they also make great days out too; whether you’re a fun fuelled family or seeking some quiet time in nature. While some of the charity’s facilities currently remain closed, a selection of their reserves are still serving takeaway refreshments including warm drinks, or have playgrounds to help keep the family entertained with.

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To find the latest updates on what’s open across the RSPB, visit their dedicated coronavirus updates page.

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