“In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks” – John Muir

Hello, and welcome to Hidden Nature.

This is a blog about Britain’s wildlife; where to find it, how to look, and why we should appreciate it more than we do. Our wildlife may be – for the most part, small and elusive – but it is amazing. Each species has its own weird and wonderful eccentricities, each individual its own story. Discovering these can be incredibly rewarding. And it’s really not that hard to find – nature is everywhere, if you know where to look. The aim of this blog is to show you don’t need a fancy degree or top of the range equipment. Nor do you need to travel to the nether reaches of the Arctic or the deepest corners of the Amazon. Wildlife is right here, on our doorstep.

But our wildlife, alongside flora and fauna across the globe, is in trouble. We are losing our species at alarming rates. Some are disappearing right underneath our noses, without us even knowing about it. We just don’t realise until it’s too late.

Photo credit: Ciara Menzies Photography

But we can help – and it all starts with appreciating what we, even as a tiny island, have. We need to spend more time outdoors, searching, exploring and discovering. Teaching the young generation – and ourselves – that there is life beyond laptop screens.

This blog is about just that. Written by an adult who refuses to grow up and fueled by small adventures, the posts are about the magical beasts of the UK and where to find them. Some are more about the dangers facing them and how we can help, some are just about the sheer joy of the natural world. Whatever the material, I hope it inspires you to get out there and experience our hidden nature for yourself.

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” – Sir David Attenborough


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