Welcome to West Country Wild, thoughts and observations about the natural environment of the West of Britain and Ireland.
From wild, wind-washed moorland to salt-sprayed shores, the West Country is varied and beautiful.
Ancient stories mist the horizon… in Cornwall, King Arthur at Tintagel and the boy Jesus on Looe Island; in Somerset, the Holy Grail at Glastonbury; Merlin in Wales; the hero CuChulainn in Ireland. The West has always been a place steeped in myth and longing. The Isles of the Blessed. The Land of Youth. Tir na nOg.
Just the idea of going “Into the West” carries the breath of excitement, the promise of adventure.
Where are the boundaries of the West Country? Topographical tradition lists Wiltshire, Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire… but I take a broader view. In West Country Wild it is also the west coast of Wales from Pembrokeshire to Anglesey; the west coast of Ireland from Cork to Donegal; the western coast and islands of Scotland. Perhaps even the western shores of a distant land – wherever the stories call.
The West Country is limited only by our imagination.
West Country Wild is the personal blog of myself, Dr Lynn Parr, a writer, artist and ecologist inspired by the natural world. I am based on the western shores of Wales.
I have written books, magazines, newspapers and websites, reported on the environment on TV and radio, lectured at universities and worked for conservation organizations such as English Nature, the Woodland Trust and Greenpeace.
Alongside my writing, I create mixed-media artworks using a range of techniques, including painting, drawing, collage and embroidery, exploring natural patterns and the magical effects of light on the natural environment.
See some examples of my work on www.lynnparr.co.uk and thank you for reading West Country Wild.