New non-fiction: The British Wildlife Year by Dominic Couzens

9780719811852The British Wildlife Year

In this unique book Dominic Couzens provides a precise record of what happens in the natural world in Britain for each week of the year.

What sets this book apart from other wildlife books is that it includes individual ‘diaries’ for all the common animals, from foxes, badgers and hedgehogs to blue tits and honey bees.

The book also covers aquatic life, from stickleback spawn to salmon, as well as plants, including the best time to pick blackberries. The author includes monthly highlights of what to look out for and where, including where to see the best wildlife events and displays.

From the best time to view the flowering of a bluebell wood to understanding the secretive ‘flower dance’ of bees, the book illustrates and explains the natural world around us. With tips and suggestions on places to visit and activities to take part in, this is an engaging book for all wildlife enthusiasts.

The British Wildlife Year is as absorbing and surprising as the wildlife that it describes.

Dominic Couzens is one of Britain’s best known writers on birds and wildlife. He has produced numerous books, including The Secret Lives of Garden Birds, Extreme Birds, The Secret Lives of Garden Wildlife and the travel memoir My Family and 50 Other Animals. His last book for Robert Hale was A Patch Made in Heaven (2012). He has often been involved in television programmes both as a consultant and on-screen, including BBC Autumnwatch, Snowwatch and The Animals’ Guide to Britain.

Buy your copy of The British Wildlife Year here.

Dorset Life Reviews ‘A Patch Made in Heaven’ by Dominic Couzens

A Patch Made in HeavenDorset Life Magazine yesterday reviewed A Patch Made in Heaven by Dominic Couzens, calling it ‘beautifully written’ and a ‘splendid piece of writing’.

‘…whilst the main theme is birds, this is not a book only for dedicated twitchers; this is a book that is a view of nature through the eyes of one who has taken the time to look…’

The Dorset Life website can be found at http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/

A PATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

The popular view of birdwatchers (or ‘twitchers’) is of people who rush madly from one end of the country to another to tick birds off their lists. But behind the headlines are an army of enthusiasts who do quite the reverse – they stay devotedly within a small local area, their Patch, and enthuse and obsess about the birds within it. They are every bit as committed and eccentric as their far-travelling counterparts.

A Patch Made in Heaven is the diary of a wildlife-watching year in a single square kilometre of southernEngland. Written in wryly humorous style, it details the birds, the animals and the human visitors that turn up and use this tiny parcel of land. It chronicles the delights, disappointments and frustrations that go with dedicated ‘patch-watching’, and also uncovers all sorts of unusual and unexpected details about what we might think are familiar British creatures.

Although the book is set on one particular Patch, the real location is not revealed because most of its wildlife, and most of its events, can be witnessed anywhere by anyone, making A Patch Made in Heaven a great celebration of the British countryside and its wildlife.

To order your copy, check out our website.

The Daily Mail Reviews ‘A Patch Made in Heaven’ by Dominic Couzens

In the recent Daily Mail review of A Patch Made in Heaven by Dominic Couzens, Couzens was said to be “refreshingly honest”, with “a forensic eye for the creatures he sees, a lifetime’s experience of watching wildlife, and a clear, unfussy style that makes the reader feel as if they are alongside him as he takes his daily walk.”

A Patch Made In Heaven proves that you don’t have to travel to exotic, faraway places to appreciate the joys and wonders of watching wildlife.”

“…in the skilled hands of the author, this little patch of semi-rural England is transformed into an arena for some of the most surprising and bizarre encounters with birds.”

Read the full review here.

A PATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

The popular view of birdwatchers (or ‘twitchers’) is of people who rush madly from one end of the country to another to tick birds off their lists. But behind the headlines are an army of enthusiasts who do quite the reverse – they stay devotedly within a small local area, their Patch, and enthuse and obsess about the birds within it. They are every bit as committed and eccentric as their far-travelling counterparts.

A Patch Made in Heaven is the diary of a wildlife-watching year in a single square kilometre of southernEngland. Written in wryly humorous style, it details the birds, the animals and the human visitors that turn up and use this tiny parcel of land. It chronicles the delights, disappointments and frustrations that go with dedicated ‘patch-watching’, and also uncovers all sorts of unusual and unexpected details about what we might think are familiar British creatures.

Although the book is set on one particular Patch, the real location is not revealed because most of its wildlife, and most of its events, can be witnessed anywhere by anyone, making A Patch Made in Heaven a great celebration of the British countryside and its wildlife.

To order your copy, check out our website.