In Our Nature - Sounds Good
offering wildlife tours and therapeutic sound on & around the Berwickshire Coast
WHAT I OFFER
Hi, I'm Liza Cole. I set up In Our Nature in the autumn of 2020 after being made redundant from my job as Senior Ranger at St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve. Up until then, I had been a Ranger for my whole working life (30 years - yikes!) and had been lucky enough to live and work in some amazing places including the highlands of Scotland, Mid Wales, Devon and, for the last 17 years, the Berwickshire Coast. During this time I had some truly amazing wildlife encounters, and built up an in depth knowledge about the ecology and behaviour of a lot of the wildlife to be found in Britain. So when I was made redundant, it was a no brainer for me to set up
In Our Nature.
I started developing the Sounds Good part of the business a little later. I have enjoyed singing and drumming for many years, but I only started really tuning in to the therapeutic power of sound a dozen or so years ago when I went to my first mantra chanting session. Since then, I have had great fun exploring the many different ways of enjoying the beneficial properties of sound, been on lots of training courses and I have built up quite a collection of interesting instruments. I first began running sessions for others about 7 years ago, but this was on top of my day job, so I didn't have the time to run as many events as I would have liked. So, again, redundancy offered me an opportunity that I felt wasn't to be missed!
So the result is that I have developed a business, In Our Nature - Sounds Good, that may seem a bit weird to some, but that I hope is a little wonderful too!
With spectacular scenery, rich & varied wildlife, and amazing geology, the Berwickshire Coast is a the perfect place for nature lovers. If you would like someone with in depth local knowledge of and huge enthusiasm for the area to help you explore, then look no further!
I love being out in nature and sharing my passion for wildlife with others. For those who wish to join me out and about, I run wildlife cruises and nature walks. What we will see depends on the time of year but could be tens of thousands of nesting seabirds or hauled out seals in spring and summer; thousands of pupping seals in late autumn; or dolphins, porpoises or even whales at almost any time of year.
Alternatively, if you looking for someone to give a nature talk to your community group or your family then I have a suite of beautifully illustrated talks that I can deliver either face to face or online. And for those who would like to learn more about marine & coastal life in general, I have also developed an assortment of online courses.
I believe, wholeheartedly, that nature should be accessible to all. The boat is easy access and we are able to get regular sized wheelchairs on board; and I try and ensure that walks are easy access whenever possible. If you have specific needs, then please get in touch and we can explore options.
We all instinctively know that sound is good for our health and wellbeing. Whether its listening to or playing music, and perhaps dancing or singing along; or hearing the sound of waves breaking on a beach, or the wind in the trees. When I was struggling with stress, anxiety and depression a few years back, tuning into the therapeutic power of sound really helped me. In fact, it was life changing! So now I love to help other people connect with the health-giving properties of sound.
I run gong baths in Coldingham, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Dunbar, and online mantra meditation sessions. I have recently completed Community Drum Circle Facilitator training so I am excited to offer Drum Circles in these areas too. I am also happy to bring these events to other localities the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and North Northumberland if there are enough people who want to give it a try and see if it is for them.
All my activities are risk assessed and are managed so that you can enjoy them safely. I am IOSH (Institute of Safety and Health) and MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) trained and have 30 years experience of leading groups safely. My PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check allows me to work with with children and vulnerable adults. I have Public Liability insurance cover up to £2 million.