- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (4 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141043180
- ISBN-13: 978-0141043180
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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About the Author
Colin Elford is a forest ranger on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. The manuscript version of his diary found its way to Hamish Hamilton via his neighbour, the angling writer Chris Yates.
Craig Taylor is the author of Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and the editor of the magazine Five Dials.
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The key problem that some people may find is that the author kills things - kills them with regularity and kills them effectively. He also takes a pride in what he does, but also acknowledges regret. Deer, squirrels and rabbits are killed in the name of woodland management. The author, Colin Elford, is a woodland ranger and he is charged with the protection of his trees. As his trees thrive, so do many other plants and animal. But those animals which pose a threat are controlled. Elford sees himself has helping in the restoration of balance, in a land stripped of its large predators.
People who think of conservation as nothing more than benign neglect, or object to the killing of animals, may struggle with the way the author "drops" deer at regular intervals, and actively intervenes in the woodlands in his care. Those who see the need for management of habitats may not be troubled by this. Many people will sit somewhere between.
This book is a wonderful exploration of the countryside on the Dorset / Wiltshire boarder and without ever doing so explicitly highlights some of the various ways in which people can view the British countryside.
I dare say that the author has sense of connection with the people and practices that created a landscape. A landscape that many people hold dear and that has been under growing and intense pressure since the end of WWII.Read more ›
I tried to eek-out this enjoyable insight into a countryman's work by only reading "one month's recordings" each day - but this proved too difficult and I finished it within the week.
A splended read, which i know I will return to time again
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Gave this to my godson after he expressed an interest in becoming a park ranger. Here's what his Mum reported back:
"The present which has had the most impact is... Read more
Colin Elford presented us with something of a paradox when he published this book. Like other reviewers I was initially dismayed by his role in culling deer. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Thomas
lovely nature observations and writing and right there in that cold, damp woodPublished 13 months ago by Rose Knott
As someone who works outdoors I thought this book would provide an interesting insight into a variety of aspects about woodland management, but it turns out it is just about... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sensitive and authoritatively written. A joy and evocative of real life nature in its content.Published 16 months ago by James field
Bought this for my dad who thoroughly enjoyed it and is now after similar books!Published 17 months ago by Caroline