Brown Hares as you have never seen them,
This review is from: Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales: The Story of One of the Peak District's Most Enigmatic Mammals (Paperback)
I don't expect I will find a lovelier book anywhere, ever.
In `Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales' Christine Gregory aims to show us the links between the health of the hare population and the changes in farming practices and in particular the threats to bio-diversity.
You may want to read it for that - but be prepared most of all to be over-whelmed by the photographs of hares. They are stunning. Hares are so elusive that most of us will only have seen fleeting glimpses: Christine's photographs, from what must be hundreds of hours of patient waiting and observation, take you closer than you are ever likely to be and into a world to which most of us are oblivious. You'll see hares alert, at play, resting, foraging, boxing, fleeing, in groups, close to and in their landscape. She guides you to notice details you never knew - for me the delicate dark face markings, the dark line on their tails.
The hare photos are supplemented by equally magical ones of the Derbyshire landscape in which these hares live and of their companion flora and fauna.
It took me awhile to get beyond gawping at the photos to reading the text but it is well worth it when you get there. You'll find all you could want to know about hares, including tips on where and how to see them, what makes them so clearly distinct from rabbits, their life style, their cultural significance.
The book concludes with a section, again wrapped around translucent, sparkling photos, on their role as indicators of healthy diverse habitats, on how these habitats have been degraded and destroyed and on the conservation measures that would increase the chance of a future thriving population of hares. And by the end of this book, you will know how important a goal that is.