Beating the 'Blue Monday' blues

Monday 15th January 2018

Snowdrops - the first signs of Spring

With Blue Monday described as the most depressing day of the year, Essex Wildlife Trust has rounded up a week of events and activities to help lift your mood!

Last year, a report published by The Wildlife Trusts showed that being outside in nature, in particular volunteering, is beneficial to your mental health, so helping out at a work party is not only good for wildlife it’s good for you too! On Tuesday 16th January Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Blue House Farm, Tiptree Heath and Phyllis Currie Nature Reserves are all holding their regular work parties, where anyone is welcome to join.

It’s also a great chance to get the kids outdoors and having fun. On Tuesday 16th Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre are holding their Little Badgers parent and toddler group (also on the 19th) and their weekly Buggy Walk, a chance to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful surroundings. Belfairs Woodland Centre pre-school Squirrel Squad takes place on Thursday 18th, with a Sunday Funday on Sunday the 21st. Also on the Sunday is Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre, with den-building, campfires, and wildlife spotting – a chance to enjoy some fun family time!

Come and visit our nature reserves and visitor centres in your own time, or join in on an organised walk, like the Sea Wall Walk at Walton-on-the-Naze on Saturday the 20th. While you’re out and about, keep an eye out for the first signs of Spring appearing – birds are starting to sing and snowdrops and crocuses are appearing - a sure way to lift your mood!
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