It is difficult to think of a more quintessential symbol of the British
countryside than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries,
hazelnuts and sloes, and home to oak and ash, field mice and
butterflies. But as much as we might dream about foraging for mushrooms
or collecting wayside nettles for soup, most of us are unaware of quite
how profoundly hedgerows have shaped the history of our landscape and
our fellow species. One of Britain's best known naturalists, John
Wright introduces us to the natural and cultural history of hedges (as
well as ditches, dykes and dry stone walls) - from the arrival of the
first settlers in the British Isles to the modern day, when we have
finally begun to recognise the importance of these unique ecosystems.
His intimate knowledge of the countryside and its inhabitants brings this guide to life, whether discussing the skills and craft of hedge maintenance or the rich variety of animals, plants, algae and fungi who call them home. Informative, practical, entertaining and richly illustrated in colour throughout, A Natural History of the Hedgerow is a book to stuff into your pocket for country walks in every season, or to savour in winter before a roaring fire.
A Natural History of the Hedgerow : and ditches, dykes and dry stone walls - John Wright
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