Wild Hares & Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village
Naturalist and author Stephen Moss lives in the longest village in England - Mark, on the Somerset Levels. This watery wonderland is steeped in history: it is the land of King Arthur, where King Alfred burnt the cakes and where the last battle was fought on English soil. This ancient country parish, dating from before the Domesday Book, has been reclaimed from the sea over many centuries.
Today the landscape bears witness to its eventful past, and is criss-crossed with watery ditches and broad droves, down which livestock was once taken to market. These are now home to a rich selection of resident and visiting wildlife: rooks and roe deer; sparrows and snowdrops; buzzards, badgers and butterflies. Amongst these natural wonders are the 'wild hares and hummingbirds' of the book's title: one of our most iconic mammals, the brown hare; and a scarce and spectacular visitor, the hummingbird hawk-moth.
- ISBN: 9780099552468
- Author(s): Stephen Moss
- Stock Code: 9552468
- Format: Paperback
- Illustrations: Black & white illustrations
- Pages: 205
- Published: 2012
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