Chris Packham's Favourite Reads of 2020
The beloved naturalist, broadcaster, photographer and author of Back to Nature, Chris Packham is well known to the nation for his passion and tireless work for conservation and keeping us connected to wildlife. We are delighted to have him share his favourite reads of the past year with us.
The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell
One of our favourite regular guests on Self Isolating Bird Club throughout lockdown, Emma shared with us and the SIBC family so many really surprising and wonderful facts about why and how nature is able to boost our mental health. We know so many people who watched Emma on the live feed went on to read The Wild Remedy and found it incredibly helpful – a beautifully illustrated book and a wonderful read.
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
I met with Dara in Northern Ireland on my Bioblitz tour in 2018 and we have been comrades on social media for many years now. Dara is an extraordinary young man, diagnosed with Asperger’s (so we have some commonality there), as well as being a very passionate naturalist, as are his whole family.
It is a diary in that it charts the course of a period of time, but it’s so much more – it deals far more with his life, the areas he struggles with but also exults in, particularly how he feels about the natural world. A truly pertinent and special book.
Britain's Orchids: A Field Guide to the Orchids of Great Britain and Ireland by Sean Cole and Mike Waller
My love of orchids is well-known and so my excitement when Wild Guides (who also publish field guides for birds and insects) published their new Field Guide to Orchids was immense and unsurprising. It is chock full of beautiful illustrations – both photographs and drawn, detailed information about the structure of the flowers and flowering time and much more in such fantastic detail! These guides will redefine field guides – I just love this book, I absolutely love it.
Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald
We have of course known Benedict for many years thanks to Springwatch and it has been fantastic over the last year to see so many people getting to read his phenomenal and important book, Rebirding.
Cottongrass Summer by Roy Dennis
Roy is not just a brilliant conservationist but a superb naturalist too. These beautiful essays are both positive and pragmatic messages about the future that should be read by all. They are absolutely joyous.
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