Growing up in South Africa, there was always a part of me that wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of my life in the bushveld, drinking in our magical natural splendour all day, every day. I spent a good few years dreaming about qualifying as a game ranger after school, and living out Jock of the Bushveld-style adventures… and then one day, almost accidentally, I was all grown up - degree, job and all! So now what?
Well, a bit of digging revealed that even if you can’t dedicate yourself to it full-time, there are still a few things you can do to integrate a natural knowledge into your life. There’s the minimum effort of learning what you can from the internet (which usually sees me looking at a lot of wildlife photos and eventually pictures of cats doing funny things…) A bit more involved is a part-time nature training course, and even more hands on than that are short tracking courses and wildlife volunteering.
Now to find some weekend courses!