The Nature Journal

I love nature. Hiking through the woods or just sitting in the sunshine makes my day so much better. Is there something you enjoy doing outside? Do you have
a favorite nature place to visit, a favorite cause or outside activity that you enjoy? Anything about nature goes! Please share it in words or pictures – just don’t write or draw over the work of others. When journal is full, please return to jfit, Jenny Stafford.



Nature, time and patience are three great physicians

The title of this Bookmooch interactive journal is taken from a proverb. Beyond this the contribution made by each participant is left to their own interpretation. Please try to relist within 2 weeks of receipt and do not alter the contribution of others. Pages can be completed in random order and with any medium desired. The original book is a 1990 Dutch nature diary with charming illustrations by Marjolein Bastin, worth mooching just for these!

-Gill (tennantfamily)


Nature will have her course

This is an interactive BM journal, an ‘altered book’ having started life as an unused 1995 Amateur Gardening diary. It has a colour photo for each month with a page opposite each picture of description or explanation by a gardening expert, and a section of 6 pages of month by month hints at the end. The rest is available for use as a celebration of all things ‘green’ and gardenish by participating BookMoochers.

Please relist within 2 weeks of receipt if possible and do not alter anyone else’s contributions. Beyond that I am happy for it to be filled in in random order wherever you wish to add your contribution, using as few or many pages as you wish. If you wish to upload images of the completed pages to BMJournals files that would be great.

-Gill (tennantfamily)

Now recovered and relisted. 


In this journal, add your drawings, photos, collages, etc. of leaves or leafy things. When it’s finished, please return it to me. My email address is It’s to be a gift for a nature-loving artist friend. But please don’t pass up this journal because you don’t consider yourself an artist! Amateurs and even Bookmoochers’ children are welcome to add to this journal.

– Dewey

This journal has been returned to its creator.

More images:

The Spider Sketchbook

Part art project, part nature journal and for some of you, part therapy, this book may require you to be very brave indeed. If you are still interested, read on… It’s simple – find one spider, capture it, draw it, try to identify it, and then release it. To carry out this task you will have to really LOOK at your spider. Visit your local library or use the internet for tips on catching spiders and identifying them. You will be amazed at the variety and beauty of spiders (I hope!), and you may learn to overcome a long held fear. And none of this “I can’t draw” nonsense! If you can hold a pencil, you can draw. I didn’t know I could draw until I started my spider notebook. The aim is to observe your spider well enough to sketch it and note its features. Use pen, pencil, pastels or paints. I’ve included some of my own sketches to get you started and to introduce you to some of my favourites, such as the spitting spider, a slow moving creature which pins down its prey with a zig-zagged jet of sticky glue, and the almost day-glo green, orb-web spinning cucumber spider. Any takers? (If you can’t face it but you know someone who’ll give it a go, mooch it for them). -Laura

More images: as a slideshow:

and some stills: Pg 1, Pg 2, Pg 3, Pg 4, Pg 5, Pg 6, Pg 7, Pg 8, Pg 9, Pg 10, Pg 11, Pg 12, Pg 13

Love of Outdoors

A journal of anything to do with the outdoors. It can be a peom, story, drawing, or a nature fact, or anything you would like to add to the book.


More images:

as a slideshow:

and as stills:

Pg 1, Pg 2, Pg 3, Pg 4, Pg 5, Pg 6, Pg 7, Pg 8, Pg 9, Pg 10,
Pg 11, Pg 12, Pg 13