“To see a hare sit still as stone, to watch a hare boxing on a frosty March morning, to witness a hare bolt . . . these are great things. Every field should have a hare.’ The hare, a night creature and country-dweller, is a rare sight for most people. We know them only from legends and stories. They are shape-shifters, witches’ familiars and symbols of fertility.”

But real hares? What are they like? In The Private Life of the Hare, John Lewis-Stempel explores myths, history and … More

The Pond. Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It’s the moorhen’s reedy home, the frog’s ancient breeding place, the kill zone of the beautiful dragonfly. More than a hundred rare & threatened fauna & flora depend on it. Written in gorgeous prose, Still Water tells the seasonal story of the wild animals & plants that live in and around the pond, from the mayfly larvae in the mud to the patrolling bats in the night sky above.

It reflects an era before the water was polluted with chemicals and the land built on for housing, a time … More

The oak is the wooden tie between heaven and earth. It is the lynch pin of the British landscape. The oak is our most beloved and most common tree. It has roots that stretch back to all the old European cultures but Britain has more ancient oaks than all the other European countries put together.

More than half the ancient oaks in the world are in Britain. Many of our ancestors – the Angles, the … More