Nature Nature Writing

Yet more great nature blogs to follow in 2018

Wildlife Phelps, by Simon Phelps

As I have mentioned previously, I love blogs that address environmental issues honestly and absent the tendency to tip-toe around touchy subjects. This is exactly what I feel Simon achieves on his website; while simultaneously producing eloquently written content that inspires deeper thought on complex subjects. Rare among conservation bloggers is Simon’ refusal to pull any punches in his approach to important issues in the field (see this post regarding George Monbiot); though for those less interested in current affairs, Wildlife Phelps also showcases a great deal of the author’s awesome photography, interspersing topical pieces with evocative nature writing and trip reports from as far afield as Myanmar.

The Wilden Marsh Blog, by Michael Griffiths

I adore a patch journal, especially one which details the often overlooked spectacles that unfold alongside the seasons. This is what Michael Griffiths achieves with the Wilden Marsh Blog: a diary-like publication tracking the ins and outs of his chosen patch in precise detail, using photography to transport the reader to his small swath of Worchestershire. I particularly like the author’s personal challenge of using three daily photographs to illustrate the daily happenings at Wilden absent the need for lengthy writing; though when lengthier posts are published, they are always a pleasure to read. This is one of the blogs that has encouraged me to looker hard at my own local patch and doubtless, should you choose to follow it, it will do the same for you.

Self-titled, by Nichola Chester

A nature journal in its purest form, Nichola’ blog embodies everything that good nature writing should: evocative, eloquent, inspiring and able to paint an incredibly vivid picture of her forays in the wider countryside. This is not really surprising for a decorated nature writer but regardless, this blog reads like the finest of books, encouraging readers to get up, go out and explore for themselves the wonders that lie beyond our own front doors. As it has done for me, it may also inspire you to take up a pen (or keyboard, in this case) and document your travels – through replication of this marvellously lyrical blog would be impossible. It is fantastic. See this post and others in the authors’ nature notes series.

Young Fermanagh Naturalist, by Dara McAnulty

If you ever needed reassurance that the younger generation is capable, willing and motivated enough to stand up for nature, look no further than Dara McAnulty. A rising star in the environmental field who, while inspiring all of us through his fantastic deeds, maintains a pretty great blog at the same time. Young Fermanagh Naturalist shows the world through Dara’ eyes, showcasing his explorations in nature and his often on-point observations of conservation issues. Boasting uncanny written skills for one so young, Dara treads an intriguing line between traditional (and enjoyable) nature writing and honest opinion, and in doing so, creates content sure to interest everyone, young or old, no matter their interests. I could not recommend this blog enough. See this post regarding a Glossy Ibis encounter at Portmore.

Wildly Pip, by Pip Gray

Another uplifting nature blog, this time focused on the wildlife of Cardiff. What I love about Pip’ blog is the sense of enthusiasm emitted each time she writes, and the fact that her blog posts are authored less formally than those of others. Another traditionally styled nature journal, Wildly Pip details the authors’ adventures in her local area, showcasing trip reports, ecological observations and wild musings derived from time spent outdoors. Often accompanied by lovely photography, Pip’ blog posts paint an exquisite picture of the daily comings and goings of the various species to be found around Cardiff and, more importantly, are fun to read. Often lighthearted but no less enthralling than the more serious writing of others. It’s not often that an individuals personality shines through in a blog; though this is one case where I seriously believe it does.  See this post regarding winter thrushes.

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