Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond (Hardback)John Lewis-Stempel (author)
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A two-time winner of the Wainwright Prize for nature writing, John Lewis-Stempel returns with a book that is part landscape biography, part love-letter to an oft-overlooked habitat: the pond. Moving from the flora and fauna – both above and below water - which depend on the pond for their survival to the wider implications of its destruction for our wider ecosystem, Lewis-Stempel paints a vivid picture of a mysterious and essential ecosystem.
Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It's the moorhen's reedy home, the frog's ancient breeding place, the kill zone of the beautiful dragonfly. More than a hundred rare and threatened fauna and flora depend on it.
Written in gorgeous prose, Still Water tells the seasonal story of the wild animals and plants that live in and around the pond, from the mayfly larvae in the mud to the patrolling bats in the night sky above. It reflects an era before the water was polluted with chemicals and the land built on for housing, a time when ponds shone everywhere like eyes in the land, sustaining life for all, from fish to carthorse.
Still Water is a loving biography of the pond, and an alarm call on behalf of this precious but overlooked habitat. Above all, John Lewis-Stempel takes us on a remarkable journey - deep, deep down into the nature of still water.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm
'Lewis-Stempel is a superb observer... he also has an original turn of phrase; colourful, but not overwrought...by then end he has shown with some flair that in the pond there are wondrous, multitudinous life forms. And curious cruelties' - Robbie Millen, The Times
'Britain's finest living nature writer' - The Times
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Bought as a gift for a geography student who found it very informative and useful, and easy to read and digest.
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