With a wealth of facts, remarkable stories, intriguing folklore and beautiful photographs covering some 500 species, this book is the perfect starting place for anyone interested in the natural world around them.
Each plant or creature is described in detail and given a potted history which is not only fascinating in itself but which also stimulates the reader to find out more.
The authors, Mike and Peggy Briggs, set out to inform but also to spark the imagination and encourage people to observe and enjoy what often goes unnoticed and unexplored.
Which tree saved the world from perpetual winter? Which weed is still used in hand cream? Why were spiders fed to the sick in ancient times and how can you rid your lawns of moles using wine bottles" All the answers are here, along with snippets of poetry, country recipes, useful cross- references and plenty of pointers to further discovery.
From the young student researching school work to the elderly armchair rambler who might have thought they knew it all. there is something engrossing, possibly astonishing and perhaps even alarming for everyone. This book is a treasure trove for anyone with even the slightest curiosity about the species which surround mankind and in the diversity of life which is becoming threatened in so many part of our crowded islands.
About the Authors
The husband and wife team of authors live in the Outer Hebrides where they can watch otters in the sea from their front garden. Together they have created a stunningly beautiful album of the British Isles and its natural history and Mike's superb colour photographs adorn every page. Each plant or creature is described and given a potted history and we can open our eyes to the unnoticed and unexplored.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 2009
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.5