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-colour 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.
Winner of the Adele Evans Award for Best Guidebook at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2017.
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 forging 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. 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 among them the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, National Geographic Traveller, BBC Wildlife and many others.
Introduction How To Use This Book 01 A Full-Moon Meander 02 The Art of Horse Whispering 03 The Ancient Coastal Paint Palette 04 Rewild a Forest 05 A Barefoot Walk 06 A Weekend Working on the Land 07 Birding in the Urban Jungle 08 Build an Earth Oven 09 The Nature Quest 10 A Walk with Wolves 11 A Colour Walk and Botanical Dyes 12 The Forest Skills Day 13 The Mindful Beach Walk 14 The Bumblebee Safari 15 An Island Escape 16 The 'No-Dig' Garden Day 17 Natural Navigation 18 Wild Foods by Sea Kayak 19 A Hawk Walk 20 Wild Medicine 21 Deer Rut at Knepp Wildland Project 22 A Forage and Feast 23 A Slow Paddle in Search of Otters 24 Dark Sky Gazing 25 Prehistoric Outdoor Cookery 26 The Wild Pottery Weekend Indices