"Pack soup, cheese and a copy of How To See Nature by the Bard of Wenlock Edge and Guardian diarist." John Vidal
With a title taken from the 1940 Batsford book, this is nature writing for theÂ modern reader.Â Evans weaves historical, cultural and literary references into hisÂ writing, ranging from TS Eliot to Bridget Riley, from Hieronymus Bosch toÂ Napoleon.
It is a book both for those that live in the country and those thatÂ don't, but experience nature every day through brownfield edge lands, transportÂ corridors, urban greenspace, industrialised agriculture and fragments of ancientÂ countryside.Â
The essays include the The Weedling Wild, on the wildlife of the wasteland:Â ragwort, rosebay willowherb, giant hogweed and the cinnabar moth; Gardens ofÂ Light, about the creatures to be found under moonlight: pipistrelle bats, lacewingsÂ and orb-weaver spider; The Flow, with tales from the riverbank, estuaries andÂ seas, including kingfisher, minnow, otter and heron. The Commons looks atÂ meadowland with a human footprint, with the Adonis blue butterfly, horseshoeÂ vetch, skylark, black knapweed and the six-belted clearwing moth. The author also looksÂ at the wildlife returned to Britain, such as wild boar and polecats, and findsÂ nature in and around landscapes as varied as a domestic garden or a wild moor.
The book ends with an alphabetical bestiary, an idiosyncratic selection of BritishÂ wildlife based on the author's personal encounters.
- Format: EPUB
- Publisher: Pavilion Books
- Publication Date: 25/03/2020
- Category: Prose: non-fiction
- ISBN: 9781849945707
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- Paperback / softback from £7.75