Having read it again this morning, I really want to share an essay written by Richard Smyth in New Humanist. Ironically, it was published online on my birthday and it certainly is a wonderful gift, as far as I’m concerned. Titled In search of the “nature cure” – Richard questions if we have overstated the healing power of nature. He uses Bird Therapy as a key part of his discussion, but most importantly, he gets it. He recognises the ethos underpinning the whole book and that I very clearly am not of the mindset that birdwatching is a cure-all. In-fact, he closes the feature with this paragraph:

Very often, nature can be – as it was for Joe Harkness – not in itself a medicine, a dose, a cure, but an opportunity. To connect, take notice, give, learn and be active.

Thank you, Richard, for a wonderful essay and for understanding my book. You can read his feature here

4 thoughts on “Richard Smyth ~ In search of the “nature cure.”

  1. Hi Joe,

    Yes, that is a good quote!

    “Very often, nature can be – as it was for Joe Harkness – not in itself a medicine, a dose, a cure, but an opportunity. To connect, take notice, give, learn and be active.“

    When I lived in Queensland, Australia, on a day off from working up to 14 hours or more doing landcare, I’d often sit and write for several hours out on my dirt level Queenslander verandah, and it was amazing what I’d see! No one would believe me, and there were no witnesses other than several different gangs of birds all playing together.

    Alan

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  2. Wise words there, excellent. I introduced my running friends to a new bird today – the jackdaw – as we happened to pass some. I love that opportunity to talk about and look for a different thing during our runs. I’m still so glad someone is as stressed by the idea of twitching as I am – good to have the back-up of the book!

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