Wednesday, 25 March 2015

On the trail of the original Springwatch Man


And not just Springwatch – the Reverend Gilbert White was also the summer, autumn and winter watch man. His book, the Natural History of Selbourne, published in the first year of the French Revolution, is a record in detail of the that microcosm of nature around his Hampshire home. He created a wonderful zig zag path up the hanger (steep escarpment) behind the house, which you can still incorporate in a walk. Now over 80 people have joined a walk being staged at the end of April to follow his regular route between Selbourne and Oriel College, Oxford, where he became a Fellow (walk organiser Rosemary Irwin, chair of trustees of the Gilbert White and Oates Collections in Selbourne - Scott's famous companion also lived in the village) - says it's likely the Rev White made the journey on horseback). It’s still possible to join her on the any of the walk’s 8 stages. The cost is £ per adult and £10 per dog. 

The garden at Selbourne (courtesy the Gilbert White & Oates Collection)

He created a wonderful zig zag path up the hanger (steep escarpment) behind the house, which you can still incorporate in a walk. Now over 80 people have joined a walk being staged at the end of April to follow his regular route between Selbourne and Oriel College, Oxford, where he became a Fellow (walk organiser Rosemary Irwin, chair of the trustees of the Gilbert White and Oates Collections in Selbourne - Scott’s famous companion also lived there - says it’s likely the Rev White undertook the journey on horseback). It’s still possible to join her on the any of the walk’s 8 stages. The cost is £ per adult and £10 per dog. Go to www.gilbertwhiteshouse.co.uk.

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