Gilbert White’s Selborne

Gilbert White’s Selborne

Tucked away in a quiet part of Hampshire, nestling in the narrow lanes  beneath the northern slopes of the South Downs, lies a place of pilgrimage for lovers of the natural world. Continue reading “Gilbert White’s Selborne”


At Home in the South Downs

The Arun Valley in the South Downs

‘This other Eden, demi-paradise,…This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’

William Shakespeare

The South Downs

This time I’ve not travelled far– just a few miles down the road. Welcome to my own ‘patch’. Join me as we sit looking out over the beautiful Arun valley – a favourite local view. Our eyes look over the part- natural, yet heavily manicured, countryside of farm fields, the river and up into downs beyond.  As we sit and take in the scene, we begin looking at the details, seeing things we had not noticed before. We become aware of a living landscape.

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