Since becoming Pagan, it’s become more important for me to feel knowledgeable about nature: plants, animals and trees. I’ve got myself several lovely books about identifying wild flowers, trees, common UK garden birds, and others. I’ve also been using the website Memrise for courses including ‘Trees of Britain’, ‘Modern Constellations’, ‘Native Herbs of Britain’. It’s a little limited but did help me with memorising different species of trees. (I tried to create a course on learning the names and pronunciation of the Ogham runes, but it was a lot of work.)
ETA: My friend made a Memrise course for learning Ogham (the letters, the Irish name, and the tree association) and it’s here.
As for why it’s important, well. I am familiar with some flowers, some trees, some birds, which means I feel partially connected to nature. I’d like to feel more in tune with nature, to know what trees and plants are in the garden, to know which birds are in my garden, to work out whether those are buzzards, falcons or goshawks I see on my way to work… I’d like to know which plants flower at which times of the year, so eventually I can have a garden of my own.
I like seeing birds at work and in the garden. I frequently see wagtails, magpies, jackdaws, sparrows, chaffinches, goldfinches, robins, blackbirds and the occasional thrush. 🙂