Welcome to Nature Connections

by ollie on February 20, 2012

Turdus merula

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Hello and welcome to Nature Connections. This site is dedicated to exploring the benefits of connecting with the natural world, using techniques that enable us to use our senses to their full potential, and how an understanding of bird language opens up a whole new way of experiencing the landscapes we travel through.

By telling stories of my time in nature using these skills, I hope to inspire people to learn how a deep relationship with nature can start us off on a life long journey of experiencing the endless and exciting mysteries that nature has for us to discover, and the joy that sharing these experiences with others can bring.

All based on the philosophy that by connecting with each other, ourselves and nature, we can help create re-generative community in the places that we live.

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Learning the Language of the Birds

by ollie on March 2, 2014


Learning the Language

 of the Birds

 Would you like to locate a Tawny Owl in its day roost? Can you imagine knowing a Sparrowhawk is in the area without having seen or heard it? Have you ever fully experienced the wonder of the dawn chorus? Would you know if the birds gave away the whereabouts of a nearby Deer?

All this and more is possible with an understanding of bird language.

Set in a beautiful location on Dartmoor, the weekend will give you the basic framework and tools necessary to appreciate the secret world of birds.

With 2 experienced instructors Rick Lockwood and Ollie Hornbeam.

26th – 27th April 2014


£120 (meals included)


 To book contact Ollie on 07427 519345 or e-mail: ollie@natureconnections.co.uk Limited places available so book early to avoid disappointment



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May 20, 2013

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Wolf in the woods!

July 16, 2012

It has been a busy summer here at the woods, but no matter how busy I am, I make sure that I pay regular visits to my sit spot. The sit-spot routine is a powerful tool in many ways, and in a future blog I will cover in more detail exactly what the sit-spot is, [...]

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What do the birds know?

April 27, 2012

This is my favourite time of year for so many reasons. The return of the sun brings warmer weather and more daylight hours (which gives me lots more time to catch up with those gardening and forestry tasks). The plants are beginning to spring up out of the earth, many of which are edible and [...]

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When is an Owl not an Owl?

April 9, 2012

It is not that common to hear a Tawny Owl in the daytime here at the woods, but over the last month or so we have been noticing more frequent calls in the daylight hours. This makes some sense as they are nesting around this time, and therefore need to hunt more often to feed [...]

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Rooks, service stations, and motorways.

March 16, 2012

Today I have had a long car journey, and spent most of it driving on motorways. As the morning progressed and we left the M5 to join the M4 I began to see a pattern emerging. Due to needing to make a lot of toilet stops for our daughter Sky, I noticed that the first [...]

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