Mark Cocker

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360 Degrees of Nature 2017

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Aigas House and Field Study Centre

In 2016 I began an exciting new venture at Aigas, home of the Lister-Kaye family and centre of excellence for natural history education. My course there involves an exploration of all that this wonderful landscape has to offer: peregrine falcons and chicken-of-the-wood fungi, bottle-nosed dolphins and common butterwort, a 250-year old goat willow and golden eagle, otters and ospreys, wood ants and wood warblers, bumblebees and bogbean. The pace is slow, the discussion is continuous and the encounters with nature are never-ending.

The aims are to get away from looking only at one part of nature, to see it in the round and to take the time to see it all. Well, as much as we can. In 2016 we saw so much. It was fabulous - white-tailed & golden eagles, pine martens & otters, emerald & golden-ringed dragonflies, wood warblers, whinchats, bottlenosed dolphins, ospreys, round-leaved sundew & alpine bistort.


The part of the Aigas experience difficult to convey is the ambience. The food and hospitality are superb. The gardens and the hides around the house allow time for getting away or do-it-yourself discovery. There is always something or someone to entertain you: the library, the roaring fire, the impromptu talks and ceilidhs. I am looking forward to next year. It runs 3- 10 June 2017. Click here for details. if you want to discuss any aspect then please send me a private message via the contact form. I have added a picture gallery to give you a flavour of the week.

© Mark Cocker 2013

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