A Spotter's Guide to the Countryside by John Wright
From the bestselling author of The Forager's Calendar, a beautifully illustrated, practical and entertaining guide that illuminates and explains those mysterious details of the countryside you've always wondered about.
Ever wondered about the masses of twigs in bare-branched trees that look like abandoned nests?
Seen fuzzy red balls on roses? A stranded pond on a hilltop? Or even considered the shaded ways we walk along?
One of Britain's best-known naturalists, John Wright here introduces us to the natural (and unnatural) mysteries of the countryside, giving us the tools to identify Witch's Broom, Robin's Pincushion, Dew ponds and Hollow Ways, and also their histories, how they come to be, and where to find them. From the enormous to the truly tiny he illuminates the oddities that pepper our countryside and the pleasure of spotting and understanding them.
From hollow-ways to ha-has, smut fungi to strip lynchets, this book will fire up the imagination of anyone, whether they’re rambling or reading from the sofa.
Beautifully illustrated, practical and entertaining, this is for anyone who has wondered what is that? or simply longs to get outside.
NOTE: This book was published in hardback as A Spotter's Guide to Countryside Mysteries