Snoozing Ladybirds

I came across these little fellas when I was out walking with my camera the other day. I really like them, all snuggled up!

Snoozing

Nature Interpretation Workshop

One of my lecturers held a workshop for his new students in collaboration with the municipality. The aim was creating new ideas for nature interpretation in a nature area inhabited by garlic toad, red-backed shrike and sand lizards – and with a cycling trail going straight through an old barn!

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60 students were working in pairs and groups to help the consulting firm arrive at new ideas for how to make this area appeal to different user groups – mainly families with children. From a giant toad to a lizard walk and a sandbox, lots of creative ideas were generated.

It was my job to be the press contact and we managed to get on regional television so I am fairly pleased with that result.

I think the project owner, the consultants, the students and the lecturer had a good time as well. There were a lot of post-its on the board afterwards, so who knows what might be seen on location next year?

http://www.tv2nord.dk/video/51886 @ 1:40 ish

Another semester gone

I had my exam today. My project was on how to design a picnic area for two very different types of visitors – German tourists and adolescents with dyslexia. The design I proposed was part of defining values, providing nature interpretation and upgrading infrastructure around a nature trail – and this again is a child project of a larger project about promoting the Raised Bog of Store Vildmore and the surrounding area.

I had been nervous. Most of my fellow students were doing festivals and campaigns aimed at the public while mine was aimed in the first instance at other professionals who are now working to implement my idea – graphical designers, architects and people in operations.

It was a small budget project – around £15,000 – but it has given me a valuable insight into projects of this kind.

The project manager for the parent project was there for my presentation and she has just texted me how proud she is. So am I, as I got top marks.

Below is a small drawing which is going to be part of the nature interpretation.

Highland

Coast

Hawthorned dunes. Withering ferns.
Taste of salt-speckled wind
and the blood of rusty winches.
Trees leaning East, abraded,
veterans of a tug war. Beach rose
flaunting endless successively
ripening victories, an invasion welling over
the edge of the land, to the heart beat
of the church bell proudly still standing.

Hare one moment. Gone the next. Ears
bobbling over the path, and under the orange
burning bush against the lead of the sky.

Then.

Down the right corner of my
sanded eyes – a pheasant!
Helicopter of sound, away,
then sideways. Stuttering my mind.
Pulse like turn of tide. Breathless.
Then another! Dull dragonfly
against a painful yellow backdrop.
The house.

As I gather my sensitivities,
regain cosmopolitan clarity,
proceding with caution
up a small flight of winded steps
– another attack of flack and flutter
as the third one passes close
before diving away from on-marching
invasions of my boots.

Nature Experience Plan Result

Now I have a first edition – a couple of things I would like to do, a few things which always make me happy, a couple places to go, a theme or two and that’s it, basically. You will probably see that for me, trees are important, and that I use my camera to notice things that I would probably otherwise miss.

I wonder if you have a nature experience plan yourself? As you can see, it doesn’t have to be very elaborate and you don’t need special skills or access to amazingly special nature. It’s all about seeing what you already have or can easily get to.

I expect mine will be updated every few months too – as I find new things I want to explore, get familiar with other areas and take more photographs.

Want a look at mine?

Plan.

Here is my nature experience plan.

Nature Experience Plan

I picked up this idea from a book I’ve been reading lately – to make a nature experience plan.

So, I’m going to try to do that. Identify where I can go, which animals I’m likely to meet there, what flowers are around, which trees. Jot down a few notes on what’s special about different places. Make a wish list of things I’d like to discover and learn more about but haven’t yet.

It’s a simple way to make the most of the nature around you, and I really liked the idea, so that’s what I’ll be doing today, I think.

You can have a picture of some of the scenery around where I live – this is from my recent tent trip.

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Mårup Church and the Buried Lighthouse at Rubjerg Knude.