Deeper Into the Wood (Hardback)
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Deeper Into the Wood (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 03/06/2021
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'A wonderfully personal evocation of the joys, hard work and meaning of creating a wood for wildlife, written with sensitivity and care. A delightful read.' Stephen Moss, author of The Robin: A Biography

Over twenty years ago, Ruth Pavey bought four acres of scrub woodland above the Somerset Levels and set out to improve the lush haven for birds, insects and all manner of wildlife. Beneath the shade of the trees she spent two decades planting, she now reflects on the fate of her wood.

As steward, she has witnessed nature's forces shifting and the abundance of species dwindling rapidly. When the rabbits suddenly vanished, she knew it was time to take a closer look at the undergrowth and what she could do to preserve the legacy of the wood for generations to come.

Deeper Into the Wood recounts a year in the life of an amateur naturalist working with wildlife experts to interpret the language of the land. Ruth's hand-drawn illustrations accompany her lyrical prose, which demonstrates an appreciation for the local people and their history. This is one woman's story of inspiration, conservation, and a love of place.

***PRAISE FOR DEEPER INTO THE WOOD***

'A rare treat of a book that warms as it informs and leads us deep into the character of one small pocket of England. Ruth Pavey writes with wit, passion and precious little sentimentality.' Tristan Gooley, author of The Secret World of Weather

'Wonderful... how love for a small woodland and respect for its local history can enhance wildlife and enrich the human spirit.' Nick Davies, author of Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature

'Ruth Pavey spins a delicate web between the many branches of her little Somerset wood. Her closely observed changes of wildlife and the changing seasons, echo a growing awareness and concern for life on Earth itself. The author's growth and metamorphosis into an amateur naturalist who has learnt to read the language of trees is profoundly inspirational.' Gabriel Hemery, author of The New Sylva

'Inquisitive and generous. Pavey shares the love of her wood, past and present, through a fascinating weave of its natural and cultural histories. This book is as companionable as it is interesting. Patrick Baker, author of The Unremembered Places

Publisher: Prelude
ISBN: 9780715654279
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A wonderfully personal evocation of the joys, hard work and meaning of creating a wood for wildlife, written with sensitivity and care. A delightful read.'

-- Stephen Moss, author of The Robin: A Biography

'A rare treat of a book that warms as it informs and leads us deep into the character of one small pocket of England. Ruth Pavey writes with wit, passion and precious little sentimentality.'

-- Tristan Gooley, author of The Secret World of Weather

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“A multi-layered account of a piece of woodland in Britain”

Four acres of woodland is not a huge estate, but in this book, a sequel to “A Wood of One’s Own”, Ruth Pavey shares her search for the background of the land through the people who may once have owned it, and the... More

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“A beautiful account of a wood”

This book is beautiful. The hand drawn illustrations remind me of Edith holden and Beatrix potter in their careful observation. Written to be read as the year progresses it is a seasonal journal of a wood and... More

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“A Beau”

I thought this book was fantastic! Pavey delivers a warm and enlightening journey through a year of her life, looking after a small orchard that she owns.

Her hand-drawn illustrations sprinkled throughout are... More

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