‘Reconnect with nature’ by all means – but don’t forget its lethal power | Julian Sheather

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The natural world is a place of both bluebells and deadly viruses. Over-sentimentalising it is dangerous

It was a near-perfect day on the south coast – blue sky, blue sea, enough breeze to offset the heat of the sun. The beach may have been a little full, but it wasn’t long before I was in the water. I’m an OK swimmer and struck out easily for a couple of hundred yards. With an offshore breeze, there wasn’t much in the way of waves. It was lovely being away from people, at ease in the undemanding, light-shot sea, my body moving in the slight surge of an old swell.

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