The Wood for the Trees

The Wood for the Trees

One Man's Long View of Nature

Book - 2016
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Scientist Richard Fortey chronicles what he found on his four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England over the course of one year.
A few years ago, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there.With one chapter for each month, we move through the seasons: tree felling in January, moth hunting in June, finding golden mushrooms in September. Fortey, along with the occasional expert friend, investigates the forest top to bottom, discovering a new species and explaining the myriad connections that tie us to nature and nature to itself. His textured, evocative prose and gentle humor illuminate the epic story of a small forest. But he doesn't stop at mere observation. The Wood for the Trees uses the forest as a springboard back through time, full of rich and unexpected tales of the people, plants, and animals that once called the land home. With Fortey's help, we come to see a universe in miniature.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101875759
Branch Call Number: 577.30942 FORTEY
Characteristics: xii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm


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Feb 22, 2019

Like any hike through the woods, some times it gets a little muddy, but it is a highly enjoyable read.

Jul 15, 2017

Delightful ~ Delightful - could be the sub.sub.title of this book. It's so fresh and kind and real and interesting (times 10!). Felt I was there with the author - walking through his beloved woods. It's historical, botanical, anecdotal ... just yummy.


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