The Unofficial Countryside, Paperback

The Unofficial Countryside Paperback

Illustrated by Mary Newcomb

Part of the Nature Classics Library series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Richard Mabey reveals the astonishingly rich world of animal and plant life surviving and often thriving among docklands, railways, factories and canals.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 184 pages, 8 b/w drawings
  • Publisher: Little Toller Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Conservation of the environment
  • ISBN: 9780956254559



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As someone who's spent the last 13 years of Sundays walking the green or semi-green areas within reach of London, this book was always going to appeal to me. I'm not a great reader of nature-writing, but Mabey had me enthralled with his descriptions of plants and birdlife to be found in or near gravel pits, landfill sites and other features of our suburban landscape. He does not specifically name all of the areas he describes, yet they are familar to me, although the intervening 40 years of housing and road development means that I cannot possibly have seen the same places as him. A fascinating read, over far too quickly.

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