Reading the Landscape: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

Achieve a level of outdoor awareness that will enable you to understand the landscape around you. Tristan Gooley shows how it is possible to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Mary-Ann Ochota shares her archaeological expertise to reveal the historic features you can spot in the countryside around you – from Bronze Age burial mounds to turnpiked toll roads. Read More Reading the Landscape: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2019

The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson wins Wainwright Prize

Adam Nicolson has won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize with his book The Seabird’s Cry.

The announcement and presentation of the award of £5000 was made yesterday afternoon by Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove MP and BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison at the National Trust Theatre at BBC Countryfile Live in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, at the end of a public event celebrating nature writing and the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize shortlist.  Read More The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicolson wins Wainwright Prize

Stanfords sponsors free ‘Earth Photo’ exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Image: Rosamund Macfarlane. Eagle Huntress Receiving– Altai Mountains, Mongolia

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity, will be presented at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 July to 21 September 2018 for the inaugural Earth Photo exhibition. Read More Stanfords sponsors free ‘Earth Photo’ exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize Shortlist Announced

In its fifth year, the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel.

If you are looking to get away from it all, switch off your phone and get back to nature, this shortlist is a welcome list of recommended reads for you to consider this summer.

Here are the seven shortlisted books:
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Five reasons to climb trees by Jack Cooke

What better way to explore the city than through its canopy of trees? Jack Cook, author of The Tree Climber’s Guide tells us why we should leave terra firma every now and then and take to the trees: Read More Five reasons to climb trees by Jack Cooke

Three minutes through the History of Britain by Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota, the author of Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape tells us the history behind some things we might see while out exploring:

Most people have had the experience – peering out of a train or car window, walking across a field, or gazing at a hillside – of seeing something manmade and possibly ancient, but not knowing what it is they’re looking at. Read More Three minutes through the History of Britain by Mary-Ann Ochota

Tweet of the Day with Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss, producer and author, shared a tweet or two from the popular series Tweet of the Day with us this afternoon and lets us in on a few secrets he and the team learned about the songs, calls and habits of some of our favourite birds. Features lots of birdsong, including some greatest hits from the chiffchaff, nightingale, and of course the ever popular cuckoo. Read More Tweet of the Day with Stephen Moss