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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point
This book is a splendid introduction to the many and varied voices that have written about British wildlife over the last couple of hundred years.

The book contains about 60 short articles or essays. Some are new, most have been sourced from other, more extensive, works. The book itself is built around themed chapters - gardens, birds, rivers etc...
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the enthusiast
What a disappointing collection from such a great selection of names. I was expecting a more layman's dip in treasury of nature stories, rather than the enthusiasts guide to wildlife. Short pieces written by various names including Bill Oddie, Charles Darwin, Gavin Maxwell, MArk Cocker, John Lister Kaye which span a couple of hundred years, but it's on the heavy side with...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, 7 Jan 2012
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Stewart M (Victoria, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nature Tales: Encounters with Britain's Wildlife (Paperback)
This book is a splendid introduction to the many and varied voices that have written about British wildlife over the last couple of hundred years.

The book contains about 60 short articles or essays. Some are new, most have been sourced from other, more extensive, works. The book itself is built around themed chapters - gardens, birds, rivers etc.

If you have already explored the byways of British nature writing there will be many familiar names within this book. However, it does seem that most of the voices come from people who have encountered wildlife as recreation (professional writers excepted) rather than through their profession. Does the editor of the book think that farmers, fisherman and gamekeepers have nothing to say about the wild state of Britain?

A think it's best to view this book as a starting point for further exploration rather than a end point it itself - and the less you have already read the more new starting points you will find.

In summary - a decent anthology of works, which will make you appreciate the longer versions if you have already read them, and which should allow you to find some new voices.

Recommended to those new to the genre, but maybe a little too familiar for the well versed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the enthusiast, 10 Mar 2011
What a disappointing collection from such a great selection of names. I was expecting a more layman's dip in treasury of nature stories, rather than the enthusiasts guide to wildlife. Short pieces written by various names including Bill Oddie, Charles Darwin, Gavin Maxwell, MArk Cocker, John Lister Kaye which span a couple of hundred years, but it's on the heavy side with sections that are more like magazine articles for learned and enthusiasts wildlife magazines than a curl up and dip in book. There are sections entitled "Hoverfly", "Ravens", "Gold crested wren" and others about areas such as "Islay", "A Welsh farm", "Gordale Scar" etc, some more readable than others. There's no doubting the enthusiasm of the writer. Forward by Sir David Attenborough there are also one or two names I think are missing such as Mark Carwardine, Ian Wallace, Sir Peter Scott, absolutely no poetry!!!! and Gerald Durrell (but of course his wasn't British wildlife. Wait for the paperback if you really want it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL, 12 Feb 2011
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EASY TO PICK UP AND READ,AS THE EXTRACTS ARE QUITE SHORT.GREAT FOR NATURE ENTHUSIASTS IN A HURRY!
QUITE DELIGHTFUL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Oct 2014
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A 'must' read.
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