Sep
3
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 3 – Lobster pots

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Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 3 of her Fishing for Food series, Jessie Watson Brown explores fishing with lobster pots. Possibly a more efficient approach to fishing – once you have put the pot in, it does the fishing for you, leaving you free for a whole tide cycle to do anything else! Read more …

Jul
2
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 2 – When and where?

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Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 2 of her Fishing for Food series, Jessie Watson Brown chats with Charlie Loram about the when and where of starting fishing. Read more …

Jun
6
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 1 – Gear

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Charlie Loram of The Old Way fishing from a boat

Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 1 of her new fishing for food series, Jessie Watson Brown tackles the gear you’ll need to get started, with the help of Charlie Loram. Read more …

Apr
2
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Tales of a winter working in a traditional tannery in Norway

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Reindeer leather, thin and strong, makes beautiful bags and clothes produced by traditional tannery Jutulskinn

Jessie Watson Brown, a UK traditional tanner, spent two months this winter at Jutulskinn, a traditional tannery in Norway. Here she shares some of her experiences and learnings.

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Dec
6
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to gather, store and eat sweet chestnuts

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Sweet chestnuts make a delicious edible treat


It’s that time of year when the delicious smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Jessie Watson Brown shares her tips for foraging, cooking and storing sweet chestnuts for year-round use.

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Jun
26
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

The crayfish food revolution: one man’s solution to an invasive species problem

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'Crayfish Bob' displays an example of an invasive crayfish species


Bob Ring, or ‘Crayfish Bob’ shares his passion – an effective, and tasty, response to the damage the invasive crayfish species are doing to UK waterways and their native inhabitants.

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Mar
29
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

Diary of a tree planter

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A future woodland in the making


During winter, while the animals hibernate and the trees sleep, magic happens on hillsides across the land – forests are created! A brief account of the ups and downs of life for a tree planter this winter… creating a woodland on a farm in Devon.

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Jan
11
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to identify trees in winter

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It’s one thing to identify deciduous trees in summer, with their distinctive leaves on full show, but what about winter? Without leaves, we have to look at other telltale signs. After a bit of practice, it can be easier than you think. Have a go, using these helpful methods, which will make it easier to identify trees in leaf too.
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Nov
9
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Why I walk: a conversation with a walking guide

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Walking is as old as the hills, and yet so many aren’t getting out in their local areas. On a sunny October afternoon, with the backdrop of birdsong, I spoke to walking guide Emma Cunis about her story with walking and what she offers as Dartmoor’s Daughter; where she runs walks and nature connection events on Dartmoor, Devon.

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Oct
17
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Is leather tanning ethical?

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Traditional hide tanner, Jessie Watson Brown, offers her thoughts on the ethics of leather tanning, from large-scale industrial tanning, to home-scale natural tanning. Read more …

Sep
26
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

It’s a mast year!

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In case you hadn’t noticed… it’s a mast year! Read more …

Aug
25
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Tips for safe wild mushroom foraging this autumn

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In this post, I’m sharing some of my recent explorations into the subtle nuances and helpful tips for safe mushroom foraging this autumn. Now, I don’t want to scare you, but I do think it’s very important. Read more …

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