What the Heck is Bio-Regionalism and How Will It Save Us? – Guest post by Josy O’Donnel

Nowadays, it’s unfortunate that everyone has lost a sense of wisdom and knowledge about environmental conservation. We forget that what we have now as reality is what our forefathers worked hard for a long time ago. Abusing the environment has one shortcoming; the effects of abuse do not affect those abusing it, but their next … Continue reading What the Heck is Bio-Regionalism and How Will It Save Us? – Guest post by Josy O’Donnel

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Music, Art, Creativity and the Countryside

Countless great pieces of music and art are influenced by the natural world and rural landscapes. The works of Ralph Vaughan Williams for example, or Beethoven's 6th Symphony or Chopin's Raindrop Prelude are all influenced by the outdoors. Elgar was influenced by his beloved Malvern Hills, Benjamin Britten by the Suffolk coast and Holst the … Continue reading Music, Art, Creativity and the Countryside

Book Review: Food You Can Forage, by Tiffany Francis

N.b. This review was originally published in New Nature Magazine (June 2018 issue). Have you ever wondered what sweet cicely or bog myrtle taste like? If so then this book could be one for you. Beautifully illustrated and helpfully structured by habitat Food You Can Forage would sit well on the bookshelf or coffee table of … Continue reading Book Review: Food You Can Forage, by Tiffany Francis

Moley, moley, moley – Guest post by Robert Blakemore

Although the UK’s State of Nature Report (2016) shows that many species are in decline, they also report that moles (Talpa spp.) are holding their ground with an estimated population of 41 million (Ref.; Ref.). This excludes Ireland that has no moles – a hangover from the ice age – while resident moles have seemingly … Continue reading Moley, moley, moley – Guest post by Robert Blakemore

Feedspot’s list of blogs and websites worth visiting in 2018

Last week I was honoured to hear that I had been placed on Feedspot's list of 'top 75 sustainability blogs and websites to follow in 2018' (coming in at 48). The list (along with with the 'nature' and 'environmental' lists) attracted my attention to several blogs that are really worth visiting. Some of these include: … Continue reading Feedspot’s list of blogs and websites worth visiting in 2018

Adding Natural Decor – How to Bring Nature Indoors – guest post by Emma Joyce

There are numerous ways you can bring a dash of nature into your home and enjoy the natural environment in your interior. Many people want to bring natural elements indoors and incorporate them into their lifestyles. For generations, this has been something only people who wanted to raise the awareness of nature conservation used to … Continue reading Adding Natural Decor – How to Bring Nature Indoors – guest post by Emma Joyce

Book Review: ‘Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey’ by Madeleine Bunting

‘’Many people travel in search of the exotic and the unfamiliar. I was travelling in search of home, in the hope of knowing and understanding where I could call home.’’ Love of Country tells the story of several journeys made by Madeleine Bunting to the islands off the west coast of Scotland, known as the … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey’ by Madeleine Bunting

An art project to make cities greener

Make 100 Trees is the latest project by London-based designer and artist Margarita Mitrovic. The concept of the project is to make 100 artworks of trees, which will directly fund the planting of 100 real trees. By depicting each tree in a different style and technique, the artist aims to demonstrate their uniqueness, individuality and … Continue reading An art project to make cities greener

Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry

Exploring the countryside can bring some truly fantastic photographic opportunities. Rural settings are bursting with life, natural features and an explosion of vibrant colour. If you enjoy photography, consider heading out into the great outdoors and letting the countryside inspire you! Whilst urban landscapes and cities provide uniformity and harsh lines; the countryside can provide … Continue reading Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry