Missed previous episodes? You can catch up here: Episode One: Gareth & Suzy
We’re really happy to launch the sixth episode of our series, Barriers to the Outdoors.
As you well know, we wax lyrical about the life changing mental and physical benefits we’ve both experienced from developing connections with the natural world around us. We truly believe that the outdoors and connecting with nature is something that should be for everyone, but as it stands it isn’t. The thing is, barriers to the outdoors exist in so many ways, and in many circumstances, in ways you might not even have imagined. As we look to diversify this space and strive to make it more inclusive, every single question asked around the topic of privilege and accessibility in the outdoors, the question of barriers comes up in every single conversation. More questions spur out of the question already asked and we truly begin to gain a sense of just how complex an issue getting into the outdoors is for so many people.
In this series, we’re going to be talking to a whole host of people with really different experiences of what barriers have been presented to them and their communities and their thoughts on the issues surrounding this.
In Episode Six, we chatted to Virginia Rose, founder of Biddability and Freya McGregor also from Birdability all about the incredible work they’re doing to encourage birding as an inclusive and accessible activity. There are some incredible insights here, not just relating to birding but also around the massive disparities in accessibility in the outdoors and what this means to so many people from all walks of life. If you’re not familiar with their work, please do visit their website and social profiles to learn more. If you’re able, please also consider donating to help them continue the vital work they’re doing in this space.
Let’s get listening!
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