By John Wright
It truly is tough to think about a extra critical image of the British geographical region than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes, and residential to oak and ash, box mice and butterflies. yet up to we'd dream approximately foraging for mushrooms or gathering wayside nettles for soup, so much folks are blind to rather how profoundly hedgerows have formed the heritage of our panorama and our species.
One of Britain's most sensible identified naturalists, John Wright introduces us to the common and cultural heritage of hedges (as good as ditches, dykes and dry stone partitions) - from the coming of the 1st settlers within the British Isles to the trendy day, once we have ultimately began to recognize the significance of those particular ecosystems. His intimate wisdom of the geographical region and its population brings this advisor to lifestyles, no matter if discussing the talents and craft of hedge upkeep or the wealthy number of animals who name them domestic.
Informative, useful, exciting and richly illustrated in color all through, A traditional historical past of the Hedgerow is a booklet to stuff into your pocket for state walks in each season, or to delight in in iciness sooner than a roaring hearth.
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