Social media connects nature lovers across the UK

Sometimes being a nature lover is looked on as uncool and strange, whether this is at school, in our working lives or in social groups. Who knows why! Everything to do with nature is fascinating, but that doesn’t change the judgement and opinions of some others who might accept that it is cool to be interested in tigers and lions but that if you like watching the birds in your garden, then you’re a little weird.

When you are younger it is especially difficult not to be influenced by the opinions of class mates and other judgemental characters, and you might perhaps begin to spend less time appreciating nature and more time on a specific video game that everyone is playing and talking about at school. Sadly some might become distanced from nature despite an initial interest. However, social media allows a greater connectivity with other nature lovers across the UK. You can read about their wildlife adventures on a blog, browse through their amazing photos, join in discussions about particular topics and share your own experiences. Reading about other people’s adventures visiting different places or articles on a particular conservation subject can motivate you to learn more, go outside and perhaps even create a blog and share your own adventures.

It is so important that young people interested in nature feel connected with others who share the same interest when they are growing up because it can be a rather lonely place otherwise. This is where a new e-magazine comes in as it hopes to connect ‘young’ people (not that there is an age limit to those who can read the magazine) and discuss everything to do with nature. The first issue of New Nature is currently being developed and will have articles written by the next generation for everyone to read and enjoy, and it is a pleasure to be part of the team bringing the magazine to you. The magazine itself will cover various topics including conservation news, specific species, patch chats, book reviews, opinions, research, careers advice and lots more. This e-magazine, which is free to download, hopes to interest and connect young conservationists across the UK, as well as those in other countries, whether they are birders, walkers, writers, ecologists or just love being outdoors. As well as New Nature there are also other groups connecting young nature lovers via social media, such as A Focus on Nature and Next Generation Birders. It is so important people do not feel isolated and have others to share their interest with. Social media can therefore have a positive impact on the future of conservation because of the connectivity it allows us.

If you want to find out more about the New Nature magazine (how to subscribe and submit articles), then you can find us on Twitter (@NewNature_Mag), Facebook or you can visit the website (www.newnature.co.uk).

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A Johnson
Conservation graduate and wildlife lover. Find my blog at https://naturenattering.wordpress.com/ Follow me on Twitter @AJohnson2810

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