Spring has been in the air for a remarkably long time, considering it’s not even March yet. Now spring is not just in the air but on bookshop shelves! I refer, of course, to the lovely anthology edited by Melissa Harrison and recently published by Elliot & Thompson in conjunction with the Wildlife Trusts. The Wildlife Trust’s website describes Spring thusly:

….some of the most beautiful and eclectic seasonal nature writing – from both celebrated and new authors.

I’m delighted to say that I’m one of those new authors, still getting used to the idea of having my actual name printed in an actual book. It’s a good feeling! Though I haven’t read many of the entries yet – I’m saving it up to use as piece-a-day sort of read throughout the spring months – I can vouch for the quality of those I have dipped into, and happily the book has been receiving very positive reviews. So, it is both my duty and joy to say: why not pick up a copy of Spring?

For those based relatively near to Berkshire, I’d also recommend a spring visit to Moor Copse, the BBOWT nature reserve that inspired by piece about wildflowers.


Cold Blood, Warm Hearts

“What does the lizard know? Imagine knowing that these things might happen, and letting go, closing one’s eyes, dozing off, leaving everything to hazard.”

Cold Blood by Richard Kerridge

Cold Blood is a book with a warm heart. Blending recollections of a lifetime’s obsession with reptiles and reflections on their place in today’s world, Richard Kerridge makes an original and likeable contribution to the seemingly ever-expanding (and increasingly hard to define) nature writing genre. At heart, conservation is about the meeting point between the needs of what Kerridge affectionately refers to throughout as ‘wild nature’ and the needs of those in human society who are besotted with it. As such, I’d go so far as to call this essential reading for those who want to understand contemporary nature conservation, especially in the UK.

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