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Books and Reviews

Book Review: The Way of the Hare by Marianne Taylor

Hares are not a creature I have seen an awful lot of throughout my life, but on the rare occasions I’ve spotted one, I have gazed eagerly into their wild eyes and greatly admired their speed as they sped off into the distance – it is always a delight and a real treat to see a hare. Having grown up in rural Cumbria I was surrounded by wild rabbits as a child, and I have never been one to dismiss hares as merely “big bunnies” and it has consistently frustrated me when other people have dismissed them as such.

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Book Review: Beetle Queen by M. G. Leonard

I’m sure if you are reading this review then you’ll have already read the brilliant first instalment from M.G. Leonard, Beetle Boy. If not, what are you waiting for, grab a copy from your nearest bookshop and stop reading this to avoid any spoilers.

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Book Review: Wild Kingdom by Stephen Moss

If you want to be taken on a journey through the varied patchwork of the UK’s landscape then this book is for you. Starting the journey on the highly managed setting of the UK’s farmlands, Stephen Moss takes the reader all the way to the heady heights of rewilding – letting go of control altogether and seeing what nature does if it’s untouched.

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Book Review: Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, Third Edition

When it first appeared on our natural history bookshelves back in 2003, this fantastic book transformed moth recording and the identification of Britain’s moths. No longer was it necessary to trawl through museum photographs in hefty guides depicting pinned specimens in faded and contorted positions. Identification suddenly became so much easier and accessible to the general public, and no doubt facilitated the rapid take-off of moth recording as a widespread past-time amongst the general public.

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Book Review: A Prickly Affair and Hedgehog by Hugh Warwick

Having never seen a hedgehog in the wild before I now feel I have thanks to these enchanting books by Hugh Warwick. They really capture the hedgehog’s cute characteristics as well as highlighting some of the problems they face. As well as this I found it particularly interesting to learn about the hedgehog’s history and why they have become such a key animal in Britain.

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Book Review: The Art of British Natural History

This book is a real treat for art lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike; the wide array of subjects and styles makes reading through this portfolio of British talent and scientific records quite the learning experience!

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Book Review: The Ethical Carnivore

Louise Gray tells a remarkable story of her goal to only eat animals she had killed herself, in order to experience first-hand where our meat comes from. As someone who is attempting to eat more ethically I was instantly intrigued!

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Book Review: Winter – an anthology for the seasons

Thus far the Season anthologies from E&T and The Wildlife Trusts have been wonderful reads, and when Winter alighted on my doormat, I had my fingers crossed for more literary delights.

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Book Review: The Wood For The Trees

Fortey’s ‘The wood for the trees’ reads like an amble through the countryside, and as with any walk with a naturalist there are a multitude of diversions and uncovered curiosities along the way.

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Book Review: Autumn – an anthology for the seasons

When the package containing this book landed on my doorstep, it was a timely arrival, and was destined to be my “holiday” reading on a ringing trip to Arctic Norway. As with previous editions of this seasonal series, Melissa Harrison has created a perfect match of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, modern and historic writing.

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