My Great Outdoors – by Sue Cassell

What motivated me to build My Great Outdoors? During lockdown, my eight-year-old son, despite the brilliant weather, was reluctant to venture outdoors.  This was tough for me, as I thrive in the outdoors.   My time at home was at least a chance to catch up on reading. I started with a book by aContinue reading “My Great Outdoors – by Sue Cassell”

The Sand Lizard and a Sense of ‘Place’ – by Philip Parker

The Land Lines Blog is delighted to share Philip Parker’s experience as part of a brand new project – 26 Wild – a collaboration between the writer’s group ’26’ and the Wildlife Trusts, which commissions writers to engage creatively with vanishing species. Here, Philip shares his poem and writes about his research process and hisContinue reading “The Sand Lizard and a Sense of ‘Place’ – by Philip Parker”

October – by Merryn Glover

October “October is the coloured month,” Nan Shepherd wrote in The Living Mountain, her now-celebrated account of her relationship with the Cairngorm range of Scotland. Here, where I live on the Spey side of those mountains, it is radiantly true. Somehow this transitional time gathers the full spectrum of colours, shades and tones and spillsContinue reading “October – by Merryn Glover”

Nature from the Inside – Susan Holliday

In this piece for the Land Lines blog, psychotherapist Susan Holliday revisits the role of wonder in revealing to us the hidden depths of human nature. In the hush of lockdown I have found myself walking around my little patch of south London more often.  My dusty senses have been swept clean by the intricateContinue reading “Nature from the Inside – Susan Holliday”

A Midsummer Nightjar – by Kim Crowder

Two days before the summer solstice, for some a magical time of year, but it’s stickily humid, windless and cloudy – perfect weather for the insects that are hatching in their millions. Walking the horses towards the wood for an early ride today, we were swarmed by hordes of little buzzing black flies who wereContinue reading “A Midsummer Nightjar – by Kim Crowder”

A Place of Uncertainty and Change: The Erme Estuary – by Philip Strange

The Land Lines Blog is pleased to share this unique look at the River Erme estuary by scientist and writer Philip Strange. In this piece, Philip compares two visits to the Erme estuary in 2019 and 2020 – and remarks upon the changes that have taken place over the course of the year. The DevonContinue reading “A Place of Uncertainty and Change: The Erme Estuary – by Philip Strange”

The Goatsuckers of King’s Wood – by Alexi Francis

Author’s Note During an art and writing residency in a small cabin in King’s Wood, Kent, I wanted to see the nightjars that arrive in summer to breed. I was writing a book of wildlife encounters experienced during the hours of dusk, night and dawn. The nightjar’s haunting display has always been an event IContinue reading “The Goatsuckers of King’s Wood – by Alexi Francis”

In Search of the Ashy Mining Bee – Eline Tabak

The Land Lines Blog is delighted to share this new piece on lockdown, and a search for the ashy mining bee! This summer, after an uptick in the number of people caring for and visiting gardens and green spaces in ways they haven’t before, Eline Tabak writes about her experience of lockdown, and her searchContinue reading “In Search of the Ashy Mining Bee – Eline Tabak”

The War and Margiad Evans – by Jim Pratt

We are thrilled to publish on the Land Lines Blog today an essay by Jim Pratt, the nephew of Welsh borders novelist and nature writer Margiad Evans. The essay is focused on Margiad’s war-time correspondence with her brother Roger, who was imprisoned in a series of Prisoner of War camps in Germany and Poland, andContinue reading “The War and Margiad Evans – by Jim Pratt”

Sisters Corresponding Across Town: Nocturnality and Nightjars

The Land Lines blog is delighted to share with you this nightjar-inspired poem and illustration, which was sent sent to us by illustrator Ilse Meijerink via her blog ‘Sisters Corresponding Across Town’. For more about Ilse, her sister Mariëlle and their work, please see the ‘About the Authors’ section at the bottom of the page.Continue reading “Sisters Corresponding Across Town: Nocturnality and Nightjars”