Nature prompts hope during pandemic

Crisis has opened people’s eyes and may lead to a lasting engagement with natural world

  Brent Geese in flight at the Kilcoole Marshes, Wicklow in December. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Brent Geese in flight at the Kilcoole Marshes, Wicklow in December. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Listen for geese. In the absence of airplanes they command the sky, announcing their business to streets devoid of hustle.

“In Dublin at this time of year you see the brent geese flying over most evenings,” says Mark O’Callaghan, a guide at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, “and that’s something people can access just by looking up”. After enjoying our relatively mild winter, they return to the Arctic tundra in spring.

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