In 2018, Devon illustrator Jo Brown started a journal to document the wildlife she found in and around her garden – and realised it was helping her mental health. She tells The Big Issue how to find calm in wild places
I started the journal in April 2018. I wanted to start documenting all the garden wildlife I was discovering in order to have a better understanding of my surroundings and the ecosystem.
On average, each page took between six and 10 hours to complete. Documenting species on to paper along with annotations tells so much more of a story than a single photograph. I have learned new things with every page.
I never plan what to draw next as there are always interesting things to find on every walk. Some of my favourite entries were discovered entirely unexpectedly.
One of my favourites has to be the leopard slugs mating. My back garden happened to be the ‘right place, right time’ and I got to witness a stunning and quite uncommon mating ritual.
After many people asked for physical copy, here is the Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus comatus)!https://t.co/zXyv4luDtg
— Bernoid (@bernoid) December 8, 2020