Whether you have a lifelong love of nature or you cannot identify whether something is an elder or an alder, a daisy or a dandelion, or a heron or a herring gull, The Wonders of the Wild Places is the book for you.
From the mountains to the sea, woodland to farmland, heaths and riversides we have many habitats in the United Kingdom, and The Wonders of the Wild Places provides information about some of the many species which inhabit these habitats. It is packed with interesting facts about nature designed to encourage you to go out and about and enjoy the wonders of the wild places.
If you have ever wondered how birds migrate or which invertebrate has the largest brain, The Wonders of the Wild Places provides the answers – and many more. It covers many subjects from folklore to language, social history to the latest science. The Wonders of the Wild Places also explains the current threats to the natural world and provides details of what is being done to protect nature and also has suggestions of how individuals can help nature, from cleaning up your nearest beach to building a bug hotel. After reading The Wonders of the Wild Places you will never see the natural world in the same way again.
Rachel Lister Jones lives in Easingwold in her home county of North Yorkshire. She has been fascinated in nature since she was very young – her first word was ‘bird’. She is particularly interested in ornithology and botany. In addition to being a writer and a poet, she also works for a local charity as well as running her own company (@wildwalksyorks), taking people on mindful nature walks and running children’s nature-based craft activities. Rachel has been writing since she was very young, writing fiction for children and adults, as well as poetry. Many of her poems are inspired by her love of nature. This is her first non-fiction book and she has enjoyed writing it so much she is already working on the next one. In her spare time she volunteers with the Woodland Trust and her local environmental group, and also enjoys taking her beloved whippet, Lady Millicent, for walks in the Howardian Hills.