It’s not very nice outside today and it seems that the good old British winter is heading this way and all naturist activities will have to be put on hold for the foreseeable future. This makes fortnightly trips to Prested Hall a must and maybe trips to Alton Towers and/or Blackpool too. It seems when you get into naturism and you enjoy the freedom of life with no clothes, it’s such a hardship to put them back on when the weather turns a little colder.
This naturist blog hopefully gives other naturists an insight into our lives, but also hopefully it provides an entry level that allows newcomers to learn about the naturist culture. The phrase “Nude is not Rude,” hopefully promotes health and a community spirit through naturism which isn’t seen as perversion; just an alternative means to happiness and freedom. Naturism is a lifestyle and an activity which men and women of any age can enjoy regardless of age, size, race, sexuality. I can’t always write solely about naturism but I always stress, that this blog isn’t sexual it’s a lifestyle blog and a healthy wellbeing lifestyle at that.
Naked in Nature you get an awareness of the wildlife and countryside around you (unless of course you live in a city) and over time you tend to enjoy these things more as your naturist lifestyle grows. Many naturists cast aside inhibitions and ventured into the countryside during the summer just gone. Some are even famous ! (click Countryside News)
Of course you don’t have to be naked to enjoy the countryside or the wildlife in the countryside, but it certainly helps. In England you will notice that in many parts of the countryside, that huge areas are bereft of hedgerows and trees, which are the ideal habit for all wildlife. During the past 45 years, about a quarter of our hedgerows have been destroyed, at a rate of about 4,000 miles a year. This has happened mainly in the east of Britain in order to create large, prairie–like fields. Farmers have been removing hedges to make more room for crops and to enable machinery such as combine harvesters to move around the fields more easily. Also, hedges have to be cut and the growing plants in them use moisture and nutrients in the soil which could be used by the crops. All this is extra expense to the farmer. However, since 1972, when the Ministry of Agriculture stopped giving farmers a subsidy for uprooting hedges, the removal of hedges has slowed down, although many are still lost whenever countryside is taken over for building houses.
Why are hedges important?
They are important because apart from acting as boundaries and keeping animals inside fields, the hedgerow is an important habitat for a wide variety of animal and plants. As the woodlands have been destroyed over the years, the wildlife in them has become adapted to living in the hedgerows. Animals such as foxes and badgers use hedges as ‘roadways’ for getting from one wood to another – wild animals do not like crossing open fields. If fields are unprotected by a barrier of hedges, the wind can erode (blow away) the valuable top soil – this has proved a problem in East Anglia where large prairie-like fields have been created by removing hedges.
When walking around the countryside over many years I get to notice what things have disappeared and also how the countryside has been carved up by overzealous agricultural policies. Bee’s for example, tend to nest in trees. A tree is the natural nest site for the a honey bee. A hollow tree provides a dry, dark, cavity with wood roof on which the bees can fix their combs. Protected from rain and wind and some insulation, although honey bees have such a good air conditioning system this need only be minimal.
A small entrance helps the bees that guard the entrance against wasps and alien honey bees that might want to steal the honey. Honey bees also need a supply of water in the spring for diluting honey stores and in the summer for cooling the nest. All bees will thrive in areas where there is good forage throughout their active season so the presence of a range of nectar producing flowers within a radius of about 1 – 1.5 miles. In the 1950’s there were over 50 native species of bee in the UK, yet now there are just 25. The rest have become extinct in this country, and the number of non-native bees has increased. Many people have speculated that the invasion of alien species has hastened the demise of our own, and this is one possible cause of the decline of the UK bee. Another problem that has been raised is that of the widespread use of insecticide and pesticide. Farmers spray crops with a variety of products designed to protect from pests, but it is believed that a number of these may also be killing bees.
In gardens this can also be a problem where homeowners spray their flowers and vegetables with commercially available products, and refraining from using such products can be a good way of helping the cause.All in all the countryside should be enriched and protected otherwise many species will disappear and all life will be poorer for it. It is up to us stop this decline and not build on it indiscriminately and we should restore missing woods and hedgerows for the benefit of all. It is important that everyone going into the countryside adheres by the countryside code details of which can be found by clicking below.