Nature Connection Adventures
Inspiration for how to connect with nature through adventure, from our team of Everyday Adventurers
One of the best ways to connect more with nature, is the learn the names of the plants and animals that we co-exist with here in the UK. Start with learning about our native tree species.
There are many varieties of birch found all over Europe, Asia and North America. However Silver Birch or Betula pendula is one of the most common varieties native to the United Kingdom.
13 June 2019
The common Beech or Fagus sylvatica is one of Britain’s best loved trees, native to southern England and Wales. It’s nut are an important food source for animals and are also edible to humans.
13 April 2019
Scots Pine or Pinus Syvestris, is one of the UK’s three native pine species and was once widespread in the Caledonian Forest of Scotland, of which only small areas exist today
13 May 2019
The Rowan Tree, also known as the Mountain Ash or Sorbus acuparia, is commonly found throughout the United Kingdom and is one of our native species. It’s berries are most often used to make a sweet jelly.
12 July 2019
Common Ash or Fraxinus excelsior is native to the UK. It is part of the family Oleaceae which Olive and Lilac trees also belong to. They can live for well in excess of 400 years.
9 September 2019
English Yew or Taxus baccata is one of the UK’s three native conifers and is commonly found in churchyards. They can grow to be extremely old, in fact, the oldest tree in the UK is an English Yew which is thought to be up to 3000 years old.
9 September 2019
The planet provides – and in more places than you think. Learn more about the abundance of edible plant species we have here in the UK.
Common Sea Buckthorn or Hippophae rhamnoides is also known as Seaberry. Its bright orange fruits are edible and delicious, often growing in coastal areas of the UK
24 September 2018
Sea Purslane or ‘Halimione portulacoides‘ is an edible plant, found in many of the UK’s coastal areas. Recently it is experiencing a revival, being used in top restaurants as an exciting wild ingredient
2 July 2019
Sea Beet or Beta vulgaris (subspecies maritima) is a close relative of Beetroot and Swiss Chard and can be found over much of the UK. It is sometimes referred to as Wild Spinach.
13 August 2018
Blackthorn or Prunus Spinosa is also known as ‘Sloe’. Its berries are mostly appreciated for their use in making Sloe Gin.
4 October 2018
Vaccinium myrtillus, known commonly as the Bilberry or Blaeberry are similar in taste and appearance to cultivated Blueberries, but though much smaller, they are more nutritious and delicious
13 February 2019
Sea Kale or Crambe maritima is a native vegetable to the UK and was once a very popular edible, so much so that it became very difficult to find, but now it is abundant once more along the coasts.
25 June 2019
Iconic British Plants
Do any of these British favourites grow near where you live?
This iconic wild plant is steeped in folklore and is an important plant for British wildlife. In this post we give a brief overview of the cultural and scientific significance of Heather.
10 April 2018
Is there a more welcome springtime sight than blue carpeted woodlands? In this post we tell you everything you need to know about our native bluebell and the best places to witness this seasonal spectacle.
25 May 2018
Fly Agaric or Amanita muscaria is famous for its bright red and white spotted cap, commonly depicted throughout popular culture, such as in the game ‘Super Mario’ and in ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
9 September 2019
From the Journal
A collection of nature focussed entries from our journal
Forest Bathing with Helena Skoog
It has long been known that walking in nature is good for alleviating stress and improving our mood. But scientific studies in Japan have helped establish the practise of ‘Forest Bathing’ worldwide, after showing that connecting with nature has a higher purpose still; it is a necessity.
18 December 2018
Walking Wild with Ian Finch
What’s so wild about English forests? We joined expedition leader and wild walking guide Ian Finch, on a walk through a beautiful Hertfordshire woodland just outside the M25, to discover how to make an everyday walk in the woods just a little bit wilder.
1 December 2018
Swimming in cold water is said to have many health benefits. We took a dip with a group of sea swimmers in Folkestone, Kent to find out what it is that keeps them in the water all year round.
6 March 2018