“I emerged from this experience whole and clean, bitten to the bone by sun, washed pure by the icy sharpness of salt water, dried and bleached to the smooth tranquillity that comes from dwelling among primal things.”
Those potent moments when we connect with the natural world are some of the most valuable in our lives. They impact our health, our happiness, our creativity and even our sociability. Yet the spread of hi-tech urban society is robbing many of the opportunity to spend time in wild places.
The Dee estuary is a place where the modern overlaps with the ancient. A globally significant habitat for migratory birds and marine invertebrates, right in the heart of the industrial north west of England.
On the Dee, we are privileged to have nature on our doorsteps, and estuary folk take full advantage. Be it kite surfing or fishing, photography or just walking, we find any excuse to get out there. This project will look at why and provide a resource for future biophiliacs.
Our patch is the Dee estuary but this project is about making the most of your environment, wherever that is, and about how this can help us to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
At the core of the project will be a feature length film and a series of short documentaries, all shot on the Dee estuary, addressing these issues in different ways.
This website will expand into an archive of stories, images, videos and whatever else, initially compiled by us but soon opened to the community through social media.
All together the project will form an excellent resource for local and international educators alike.