Attenborough Nature Reserve

Is nature writing a form of escapism?

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It’s been unbearably warm all day – too warm to go outside – so I have been sat by an open window, reading and moving as little as possible. We decided, once it started to cool down in the evening, to go for a cycle ride to Attenborough – down to the river.

There is something romantic about summer evenings and the idea of going down to the water. Perhaps because of a youth spent listening to Bruce Springsteen sing plaintively about a river. I sang that song to myself as we cycled along, cooling off in the evening air.Read More »Is nature writing a form of escapism?

A rainy afternoon at Attenborough

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Not quite the sunny afternoon I was hoping for.

Not quite the sunny afternoon I was hoping for.

Yesterday, I woke up at 5am to listen to the dawn chorus. It wasn’t quite as impressive as I’d hoped. I could have done with getting up a bit earlier and I did just stick my head out of the window, rather than going for a walk in a wooded area. The noises of traffic and cooing wood pigeons also drowned it out somewhat. But as the sky grew lighter I did notice the different birds gradually dropping off. After about half an hour I went back to bed ’til 8.Read More »A rainy afternoon at Attenborough

Attenborough Nature Reserve

Trent River houses

Trent River houses

On Saturday we cycled over to Attenborough Nature Reserve, which is a 145 hectare area of flooded gravel pits bordering the River Trent. The gravel pits are divided up by a series of islands and paths, which form a circular route round the nature reserve.Read More »Attenborough Nature Reserve