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John Muir: the Scotsman who saved America’s wild places

By | December 9th, 2016|Book Review|

John Muir is regarded as the 'father of America's national parks' and is a towering figure in the history of that country's involvement with ecology, wilderness and all things natural.  Born into a harsh disciplinarian home in Dunbar, Scotland (not the US as often thought), as a young boy he would often escape the grit of [...]

365 Nature: Projects to Connect you with Nature Every Day

By | November 21st, 2016|Book Review|

Anna Carlile’s book accomplishes an impressive merging of style and substance; at first glance stunning and evocative photography draws the reader in yet suggests that this is nothing more than a walk in the woods in coffee-table reading form. However, on full immersion into the (admittedly slightly hard-on-the-eye) text and projects Carlile has brought together, [...]

The Children’s Garden

By | October 19th, 2016|Book Review|

‘The Children’s Garden’ provides a useful resource for any teacher keen to maximise the potential of a school garden for the purposes of enjoyment and creativity. The handbook is organised into sections based on the seasons. In Spring, one of the most fun and creative ideas is the construction of a ‘wall of sound and [...]

Secrets of the Vegetable Garden

By | October 2nd, 2016|Book Review|

‘Secrets of the Vegetable Garden’ is a picture book with a difference!  Children hold the book up to light or shine a torch behind the page to reveal the hidden activity going on in the garden: seeds appear magically under soil in a pot; roots and worms, normally hidden to us, become apparent under the [...]

The Forager Handbook

By | September 11th, 2016|Book Review|

Miles Irving’s, ‘The Forager Handbook’, begins with a passionate introduction about a revolution in the food industry and a burgeoning communal return to our ancestral roots.  His enthusiasm and knowledge are clear from the start, and the book, without doubt, does offer a wealth of information.  However, I fear the title misleads us in its [...]

The Long, Long Life of Trees

By | August 22nd, 2016|Book Review|

It seems to have been a bad summer for the elm across southern England.  Wherever there is elm, there are the tell-tale signs of attack by the elm bark beetle with shriveled brown leaves and bent-over branches standing out against the green hedge background.  From being green and healthy-looking in May and June, during July [...]

365 Nature

By | August 5th, 2016|Book Review|

Anna Carlile’s book accomplishes an impressive merging of style and substance; at first glance stunning and evocative photography draws the reader in yet suggests that this is nothing more than a walk in the woods in coffee-table-reading form.  However, on full immersion into the (admittedly slightly hard-on-the-eye) text and projects Carlile has brought together, one [...]

Britain’s Dragonflies: a field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland

By | July 15th, 2016|Book Review|

“Dragonflies are rock and roll insects,” states Nick Baker in the foreword.  They are high energy aerial predators that have the raptorial appeal of birds of prey and the grace, agility and vibrancy of butterflies.  They inhabit just about anywhere and everywhere connected to water.  Did you know there are 56 species?  The high quality [...]

Outdoor Wonderland: the kids’ guide to being outside

By | July 1st, 2016|Book Review|

It's very easy, with rules and regulation, for school children to spend much of their class time... indoors.  This book is full of ideas to get kids to experience and enjoy being outside... and help adults stuck for what to do! Tried-and-true activities cover: gardening (the author is a horticulturalist); things to do at dawn [...]

A Field Guide to Bees

By | June 5th, 2016|Book Review|

I should begin by declaring an interest: I like watching bees and can often be found in the garden looking at them when I might be doing something more productive.  It's as though their sheer industriousness is enough without my joining in.  I am not an expert on bees, nor do I possess great knowledge [...]