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Wild woods

Duration: 01:15

Stepping into a wood, is like a border crossing into another country. Inside them, everything changes, light and sound move differently and space behaves strangely too. Small woods often seem much greater in extent once you are inside them than they appear from the outside, it feels like you could wander for hours in a wood less than an acre without reaching its edges. It's for all these reasons, the sense of space and time warping and distorting, that they've played such an important part in our literature. Woodlands are the stage setting for fairy tales and dream plays, time travel. and unexpected encounters, because you can't see very far so you never know what's behind the next tree

Available since: Fri 5 Feb 2010


Robert Macfarlane
Andrew Graham-Brown
Andrew Graham-Brown

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Natural World 2009-2010, The Wild Places of Essex

13/14 Writer Robert Macfarlane explores the unexpected landscapes and natural history of Essex.

First broadcast: 10 Feb 2010

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