If your bedroom window overlooks a garden or woodland, you will be keenly aware that the dawn chorus is in full swing. It may be a bit much, so early in the morning. But learn who is making all the noise, and you won’t mind being woken. In May, if you can walk through a wood with the birds invisible among the leaves and identify them all, and understand what they are saying, you will have gained a skill that gives pleasure for a lifetime.
The writer Roger Deakin in his book Wildwood talked about the trees at his home at Walnut Tree Farm as his friends and mainstays.
Caroline Dilke pays a visit to wildlife photographer Colin Varndell in his personal nature sanctuary.
Lyme Bay should gain special protection to help the giants of the sea survive, say two of Dorset’s leading wildlife conservation organisations.