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  • Published: 15 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409041672
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

The Natural History of an English Village




A Natural History of Selbourne for a new generation - nature-writing at its finest, expressed through the natural history of one very special place.

The village of Mark on the Somerset Levels is a watery wonderland, rich in wildlife: rooks and roe deer; sparrows and snowdrops; buzzards, badgers and butterflies; the iconic brown hare and the spectacular hummingbird hawk-moth. As the year unfolds, Stephen Moss witnesses the landscape as it passes from deep snow to spring blossom, through the heat haze of summer to the chill winds of autumn; from the first hazel catkins to the swallows returning from Africa; from the sounds of the dawn chorus to the nocturnal mysteries of moths. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds is both the story of a small corner of the West Country and a celebration of the natural world.

  • Published: 15 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409041672
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, author and broadcaster. In a distinguished career at the BBC Natural History Unit his credits included Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain. His books include The Wren, The Robin, Mrs Moreau’s Warbler and Wonderland. He is the President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.Originally from London, he now lives with his wife and children on the Somerset Levels.

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Praise for Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

Delightful, soothing and informative

Daily Mail

An enchanting book, Wild Hares and Hummingbirds is a combination of celebration for what is and regret for what is passing. It is elegiac

Daily Express

An enchanting month-by-month guide to "the natural history of an English village". As richly evocative of January as of June, Moss captures the flora and the fauna of his Somerset home with a grace and charm to warm the coldest winter night

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