On International Dawn Chorus Day, there really is no sound lovelier than the competing noise of birdsong

Patrick Galbraith laments the increasing loneliness of rural life

Gardens start with a pencil and paper says Hephzibah Anderson

A good field guide, but it won’t make you fall in love with the gull next door

Take your time, but do plant a tree, says Hephzibah Anderson

Macdonald’s prose is full of resonance and beauty, apposite delicacy and memorable evocations, says Matthew Adams

Let the plants do the work says Hephzibah Anderson

Patrick Galbraith says water can be a great healer

It’s amazing what you can encounter during an early morning jog

For three days I listened to nothing but birdsong, marvelling at the variety and the volume