Uncover the lives of the explorers of the natural world

Selborne, Hampshire

Discover three fascinating stories about pioneering explorers at Gilbert White's House in Selborne.

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Gilbert White, Britain’s first naturalist, loved the wooded chalk hills of the South Downs. When, in the 18th century, he described Selborne as a ‘rural, sheltered, unobserved retreat’, he could have been writing about the area today.

Selborne is a delightful village with walks, including the zig-zag path up the wooded hillside built by Gilbert White, a gallery and pottery. St Mary’s Church has a stained glass window commemorating White, who is buried in the churchyard.

At Gilbert white’s House & Garden and the Oates Collection visitors can discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World: Gilbert White himself, whose Natural History of Selborne in 1789 started the science of ecology; Captain Lawrence Oates, soldier, explorer and Antarctic hero; Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist.

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