Goldfinch – recreation ground

Listen to the poem here recited by pupils of Great Wood School, Tean

In late Summer and

In near silence,

We heard our own Goldfinch birdsong.

And by September

You had grown for us,

A festival of sunflowers.

by E. D. Varughese

Read about Goldfinches in lockdown here:

Charmed in lockdown: garden birds by Denis Thorpe – in pictures | Birds | The Guardian

Photographer Andrew Fusek Peters spends lockdowns taking photos of garden birds (countryliving.com)

And this lovely article on birdsong during lockdown: ‘The Earth could hear itself think’: how birdsong became the sound of lockdown | Science and nature books | The Guardian

and on the dawn chorus: Birdsong Dawn Chorus is Louder Than Ever Before Thanks to Lockdown (countryliving.com)

And join in the chat on ‘Goldfinches in the garden’ here: Goldfinches in the garden – The Tea Rooms – Chat – The RSPB Community

Conversation point: (how) might we find solace in the natural world?

Mary Oliver, a famous American poet wrote in her poem On Being : “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination.”

Do you take comfort and strength from the natural world?

Here is what Mary Oliver said in conversation about ‘Listening to the World’ Mary Oliver — Listening to the World | The On Being Project – The On Being Project

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