THURROCK Commuters are waking up to something out of the ordinary today, with the song of the nightingale, the UK’s most iconic songbird serenading passengers on the c2c rail network.
Essex Wildlife Trust have partnered with c2c Rail to bring the natural world to commuters, to lift spirits and emphasise the importance that nature can have on our wellbeing. The sound of the songbird also kicks off the start of the 30 Days Wild challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts, which encourages thousands of people across the UK to do one activity in nature a day, for all 30 days in June.
30 Days Wild pioneers action to help people experience the benefits of our natural world. Now in its fifth year, research has consistently shown that participants of 30 Days Wild feel happier, healthier and more connected with nature at the end of the month.
Emily McParland, Communications Manager at Essex Wildlife Trust, says: “We know the positive impact that regular engagement with nature can have on our wellbeing, but in the busy world we live in it can be hard to remember that we all need that nature connection. 30 Days Wild opens that door for a lot of people, with a growing community of individuals motivating and inspiring each other to get that all important daily dose of nature.”
Emily continues, “The nightingale has the most remarkable and varied song of any bird in our country, but due to population declines many people will sadly not have heard one before. We are delighted to be partnering with c2c Rail to let commuters experience this mesmerising song, which we hope will brighten up the start of their day.”
A spokesperson from c2c says: “As long-standing supporters of Essex Wildlife Trust we’re excited to team up with them during their 30 Days Wild campaign. We believe they do an amazing job in helping raise awareness for improving mental and physical wellbeing as well as protecting wildlife. We have some beautiful nature spots along our route like Thurrock Thameside Nature Park and Gunners Park in Shoeburyness and we want to encourage our customers to get involved in this great project.”
The announcement will be made at all c2c stations excluding London Fenchurch Street between 6.30am-9.30am and 4pm-7pm.
Last year there were more than 350,000 participants for 30 Days Wild, with individuals, families, schools and businesses all signing up to the challenge. When you sign up you receive a free pack with ideas and goodies to start you on your wild journey. Sign up online at www.essexwt.org.uk/30-Days-Wild or search #30DaysWild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.