- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (4 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141043180
- ISBN-13: 978-0141043180
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.2 x 17.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,050 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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Top Customer Reviews
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
We ended up reading it ourselves prior to his Birthday, and couldn't put it down.A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this seemed to me about hunting/stalking (yes very necessary) rather than the other forestry activities.Published 7 months ago by David Hamilton
I don't spend nearly as much time in the woods as the author, but a lot of the things he describes, the morning light,the movements and sounds observed in the wood and the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christopher McEvoy
What could have been a really good book, spoiled by bad language. A sign of a lack of education or lack of knowledge of adjectives!Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Oriel G. Bayliss
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
As someone who has a similar job to the author it was wonderful to find a book which so articulates my own job/life and attitudes to wildlife which must be baffling to many of our... Read morePublished on 9 April 2015 by G. Graham