Author Archives: West Country Wild

About West Country Wild

Writer, ecologist and artist Dr Lynn Parr, inspired by the natural environment.

Wave Song

It’s the sound. That low hush you hear with your diaphragm rather than your ears. All night it accompanies your sleep and your waking moments; wild, slightly  menacing, yet reassuring. All day it is there, bracing you against the world. … Continue reading

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Candlelighter Award

Ice. Fog. Cold so deep your bones ache. Feeling muffled by misery and waiting for spring that seems so far away. Yet I have been smiled upon. Awarded the Candlelighter Award for West Country Wild. According to Four Blue Hills, … Continue reading

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More than just land

The land unrolls like a carpet, sweeping down to the Bristol Channel. Green swells are patterned with trees, fences and farms. The air is crisp, filling the head with a fresh scent. The wind lies over the horizon like a … Continue reading

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Malvern Memories

It was the crowning moment of the day; a day filled with light and love and joy bursting from every twig and seedhead. A day I will cherish forever. It began with wrapping paper scattered like confetti over the bedclothes … Continue reading

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Wonderful Westonbirt

They arrive in droves. Children in brightly coloured wellies, adults with piled-high buggies, teens with bulging backpacks, photographers weighed down with tripods and cameras, artists with easels and bush hats. In chattering waves they sweep from the parking field, past … Continue reading

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Season’s Change

Waiting. It fills up the mind with an emptiness that you constantly strain to hear. It agitates the blood, fizzing away like an Alka-Seltzer inside you. It smothers all activity, all thoughts, all good intentions. If you are waiting, you … Continue reading

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Surf’s Up… and Over

The sky seems higher and wider; bluer than usual. The air is sweet with the faint tang of salt, bringing memories of childhood holidays, sandcastles and ice-creams, and endless summer days. Excitement begins to bubble. We pull on our wetsuits, … Continue reading

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