Chris Packham launches online birdwatching community to connect those self-isolating

Lisa Walden

From Country Living

Chris Packham has launched an online birdwatching community called the Self Isolation Bird Club, to offer an escape for those self-isolating due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Drawing people together to focus on nature, Chris has created a space for wildlife-lovers across Twitter and Facebook to share their findings with one another. From beautiful blue tits in the garden to the sound of robins singing, the videos and photos will celebrate the best of the great outdoors — and it's easy for everyone to get involved.

"Despite it being a dismal afternoon, wildlife is really bringing me joy – and that's what I'd love to talk to you about," Chris wrote on his Facebook page.

"What are we going to do to stay sane and mentally healthy? Well, I know what I'm going to do — I'm going to be listening to those robins, spending time outdoors and reconnecting with nature. Over the next days and weeks, I'm going to do some Facebook lives about how we can find some light in this darkness."

As well as creating this space for people to enjoy, Chris explains that he's going to use his time at home to start painting, reading books and walking his puppies. "Now we find ourselves with time on our hands, so I might show you some of my painting and dog walks," he says in the video.

Many people have been sharing their wildlife finds outside already. Take a look below...

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