On the Marsh: A Year Surrounded by Wildness and Wet (Paperback)Simon Barnes (author)
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Celebrating the endless surprises that the natural world has in store, the author of Rewild Yourself chronicles his project of turning the acres of Norfolk marshland at the back of his garden into a conservation area.
How the rewilding of eight acres of Norfolk marshland inspired a family and brought nature even closer to home.
When writer Simon Barnes heard a Cetti's warbler sing out as he turned up to look at a house for sale, he knew immediately that he had found his new home. The fact that his garden backed onto an area of marshy land only increased the possibilities, but there was always the fear that it might end up in the wrong hands and be lost to development or intensive farming. His wife saw through the delicate negotiations for the purchase. Once they'd bought it, they began to manage it as a conservation area, working with the Wildlife Trust to ensure it became as appealing as possible to all species. For their son Eddie, who has Down's syndrome, it became a place of calm and inspiration.
In On The Marsh, we see how nature can always bring surprises, and share in the triumphs as new animals - Chinese water deer, otters and hedgehogs - arrive, and watch as the number of species of bird tops 100 and keeps on growing. As the seasons go by, there are moments of triumph when not one but two marsh harrier families use the marsh as a hunting ground, but also disappointments as chemical run-off from neighbouring farmland creates a nettles monoculture in newly turned earth.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 27 mm
'He does write beautifully, especially of his greatest love - our wild birds ... On The Marsh is a delightful read.' - Christopher Hart, The Daily Mail
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