Hardback The running hare : the secret life of farmland / John Lewis-Stempel.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : Doubleday,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780857523266 (hbk.) :
Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. Written in exquisite prose, 'The Running Hare' tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane. But it is also the story of ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way.
297 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Lewis-Stempel is just about my fav author of nature books. Choose any and you will be enthralled.