A unique title from a highly experienced author showcasing extraordinary experiences connecting with nature around Britain. From barefoot walking to forest skills, foraging to horse whispering, wild pottery to a full moon meander, rewilding to urban birding, prehistoric cookery to permaculture gardening and much more, the book suggests both mainstream and more off-beat pursuits that can be tried on days out, weekends and short breaks. Eco-lovers, outdoors enthusiasts and nature novices alike will find heaps of inspiration and vital ‘how to' information, as well as DIY tips from wild gurus on how to cultivate a connection with the natural world in meaningful, everyday ways. Full-color throughout, more than 200 colour photographs provide further inspiration. Each chapter focuses on a particular activity or experience, followed by practical ‘how to get there and do it' information, including accommodation where relevant, related experiences elsewhere in Britain and tips for recreating a little of the magic back home. All of the experiences showcased are offered by exciting, small, responsible ventures in England, Scotland and Wales, led by passionate, personable and enthusiastic guides and land practitioners.
Jini Reddy has chronicled her nature and travel experiences in scores of newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad, among them the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, National Geographic Traveler, BBC Wildlife and many others.
A decade of sometimes intense journeys into wild places and natural landscapes around the world has seen Jini's relationship with nature evolve. She is now passionate about deeper connections to land, people and place and is keen to champion nurturing ways of being in and with the natural world. She is a fan of solo nature quests, has enjoyed walking barefoot in the snowy Brecon Beacons and exploring wild medicine whilst ambling through Britain's meadows and hedgerows and is a great lover of trees. She has carved a niche for herself writing about nature-based pursuits as well as eco-travel, sustainability and ethical lifestyles for a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines in the UK.
IntroductionHow To Use This Book01 A Full-Moon Meander02 The Art of Horse Whispering03 The Ancient Coastal Paint Palette 04 Rewild a Forest05 A Barefoot Walk06 A Weekend Working on the Land07 Birding in the Urban Jungle08 Build an Earth Oven09 The Nature Quest10 A Walk with Wolves11 A Colour Walk and Botanical Dyes12 The Forest Skills Day13 The Mindful Beach Walk14 The Bumblebee Safari15 An Island Escape16 The ‘No-Dig' Garden Day17 Natural Navigation18 Wild Foods by Sea Kayak19 A Hawk Walk20 Wild Medicine21 Deer Rut at Knepp Wildland Project22 A Forage and Feast23 A Slow Paddle in Search of Otters 24 Dark Sky Gazing25 Prehistoric Outdoor Cookery26 The Wild Pottery WeekendIndices