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hardly the definitive guide to Britain's wildlife,
This review is from: The Nature of Britain (Hardcover)
In some way it is pretty depressing that there exists a market for this kind of rubbish. Undoubtedly it is dressed up well with some good photographs but underneath it is mutton. Does Britain's nature have to play second to the Titchmarsh ego? And instead of the rose-tinted spectacles could we not have an unclouded view of the little wildlife we have?
Out of interest I wondered how the author would describe the marvel that is a British blanket bog and square this with his use of peat in his other job. I was unsurprised to find peat bogs are given a single boxed paragraph largely saying you should stick to the boardwalks as the bog tends to be wet. On the same page is a picture of a moss that is described as a species of Sphagnum but is actually a completely different kind of moss. Aside from apparently not knowing what Sphagnum looks like, and being seemingly unaware that there is more than one species of it (there are about 30 and some are rare) the author recommends we pull some up and squeeze it to see the water pour out. Enough said.
Maybe I should be less critical but the book is billed as the definitive guide - it isn't. It is a coffee table book for people whose only interest in nature is that it looks nice. If you want something decent go for superb wildlife writing like Mark Cocker's 'Crow Country' or Roger Deakin's 'Wildwood' or something from Collins' New Naturalist series such as Oliver Rackham's 'Woodland'. And if you honestly just want a coffee table book buy the collection of landscape photographer of the year.