Time to explore
Farms and parks have provided a patchwork of fields, managed by tilling and ploughing, grazing, sowing and harvesting throughout the ages. Despite this land being heavily managed, it's still an important wildlife and plant habitat; particularly along its margins which are less worked.
Measures such as reinstating ponds, meadows, woods and hedgerows, alongside a return to more traditional practices, are helping restore a balance that benefits both wildlife and the local ecology.
The United Kingdom is such a diverse country with a variety of stunning national parks. But some of my most rewarding projects often focus on the fields and woodlands close to home. I've found familiarity and easy access has led to a greater understanding of this habitat together with the behaviours of the local wildlife as it cycles through the seasons.
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than you'll ever seek."