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  "Each one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays a role in its ecosystem. It's like we're tearing the cogs out of a great machine. The machine might work after you tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a hundred?"— Scott Black,

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We had a great time with you as our fearless guide. Loved it all especially the colours of Cornwall. We really enjoyed the pace of the walks. It allowed me to lag and take photos and be one with the land. Also it allowed me to fantasize about the smugglers and customs men dashing along the trails.

–Pam V, USA


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Natural Relationships?

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I haven't written a blog for a couple of years! That's about to change.

Having watched Cornwall close down in the main for business over the winter and open up now with Spring firmly established it occurred to me that it is blindingly obvious that nature doesn't close down for anything. It obligingly carries on undiminished, undisturbed, uninfluenced by anything but its own forces and innate raison d'etre for where we can only be voyeurs, commentators and observers of its own free will.

The seas unceasingly crash onto where it meets solid rock, winds whip up and birds eddy and cry. They are not turned off disneyesque-like until those odd paying humans come along between the hours of daylight and dusk. Nature does what it does without effort, without having a grandiose scheme to buy into whether we are there to observe or not. I often sit at New Years Eve watching others watching the celebrations (as a musician or watching the world firework displays) thinking that these human productions that we are so effusive about are nothing compared to the wonders we are missing "out there" away from the madding crowd. I always wish I was sitting quietly, as ever in awe, on a cliff top or in a wood listening, touching, smelling and watching.. nothing but the immensity of nature.

 

So what of the pictures above? They are a reminder that we are also there to help each other interpret what is out there. Generally the human race in the past two to three generations have had a distant relationship with nature, where knowledge of the species outside our windows cannot be named. Believe me I have proved this with a programme I use in Environmental Education called the 10versus10 challenge (more on this in another blog). So nowadays many of the agencies entrusted with the preservation ond conservation of our natural habitats agree and work towards that need for partnerships to produce interpretation and understanding of our landscape and its inhabitants. I have many working partnerhips, roles, ambassadorships et al with a diverse number of agencies, networks, academic institutions and individuals, all with their often singular approach to the bigger picture of understanding and working with nature.

LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) are just one of the initiatives that I am talking about and one I haven't come across face to face out in the field, literally until yesterday. It is a good thing I believe. Thank you for keeping the paths open and your land accessible and productive for man and beast (mini and quadruped). Thank you for making the experience friendly, informative and welcoming. Some would argue that too many information boards are not what gadding about within natures boundaries is about. Well I see that argument and I'm all for more nature education in schools to prevent this from being the norm (another future blog).

So on this return to blogging I will leave you with some questions. Do we know enough about our surroundings? Do we need more interpretation from fixed boards or indeed guides like myself? Are we doing enough to protect and enhance our natural habitats? Interested to know what you think.

Oh and nice to be back blogging:-)