Nature Reading Digest #4: Walking through lockdown
Some great nature-centric watching and reading to round out your weekend.
Walking Through Lockdown
A few weeks ago, The Guardian ran a surprisingly grumpy piece about walking. The author, it appears, really dislikes just going for a walk without a destination in mind — and has been able to turn that dislike into a lucrative commission.
Now, I miss the pub as much as the next Brit, especially after a long walk. I can't believe that it's been over a year now since Iris and I enjoyed a nice pub lunch after a morning at Nature Tots.
But, on the other hand, circular walks for their own sake have been a life (and mental health) saver through the lockdowns. And this piece celebrates people here in Sussex doing just that:
And if you enjoyed that, you'll enjoy a much wider selection of the photographs taken in the series:
Walking Through Lockdown (2)
While writing the above, I accidentally ended up Googling the phrase "Walking through lockdown" (don't ask), and ended up discovering this lovely little video (which has more than a hint of melancholy in it):
Walking the South Downs
To cheer myself up after the downbeat ending to the last video, I found this little capture of the sort of walk I plan on doing once lockdown eases:
Packham on nature's genius
I know that Packham can be a polarising figure: some people absolutely adore him, and others cannot stand him. However, I think both groups would acknowledge both his passion for his subject — and his knowledge of it.
And that's what makes this interview so interesting: it's clear his passion is such he finds it very hards to stay on topic…
What happens when we rewild?
Here's an interesting piece from Tim Mackrill of the Roy Dennis Foundation. It's a long way off, but if we succeed in rewilding, does that mean we need to sacrifice our bird feeders?
He suggests we might…
I'm just a wanderin' sea eagle
While we're looking at Roy Dennis's work, here's a really detailed look at how the sea eagles translocated to the Isle of Wight have been exploring over a huge range:
Communities against climate change
And, just to finish on a very positive note, here are two hopeful ideas of how the UK can navigate its way towards net zero carbon emissions in the fight against climate change. If lockdowns have taught us anything, it's how important communities are. A community working together, and invested both financially and socially in the outcome, could be a powerful force for change.
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