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Nature Flash Great spotted woodpecker

Intimate moments in the life of a Great spotted woodpecker
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The view from the cuckoo spit - The Guardian

The view from the cuckoo spit - The Guardian | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

The calyx tubes of bladder campion flowers inflate with a breath first exhaled at the turning of the year and now filling them to bursting on the summer solstice. The little bladders pop and skirts of white cleft petals dressing the flower privates of styles and stamens open with a twirl. The unopened ones, ribbed and burgundy-striped, hold the light like paper lanterns.

 

Guardian Country Diary written by Paul Evans author of Herbaceous 

 

Herbaceous is the fist of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.

 

http://littletoller.co.uk/products-page/monographs/herbaceous/

 

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Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1

Herbaceous @BooksPaulEvans

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Her earthily erotic musk draws flies for pollination and sends them into a trance.

Her earthily erotic musk draws flies for pollination and sends them into a trance. | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

The last May blooms like a bride on Windmill Hill. White in the evening light as the sky begins to clear from a cool, drizzly day, she stands as a lightning rod, still dazzling with energy from the recent storm. From lightning, according to myth, she originated. Her branches are filled withcorymbs of five-petalled flowers, each with a ring of red, match-head stamens. Her earthily erotic musk draws flies for pollination and sends them into a trance. A sacred tree to European peoples, her wood was used in wedding torches in Greece, as protection against hauntings and evil spirits in Germany, and in magical healing for warts, toothache, rheumatoid arthritis and childbirth.


Guardian Country Diary: Wenlock Edge is written by Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 Author of Herbaceous published by Little Toller and illustrated by Kurt Jackson. 


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Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing

Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

Herbaceous is the fist of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.

http://littletoller.co.uk/products-page/monographs/herbaceous/

 

Herbaceous  

 

Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. The growing, flowering, seeding and dying back to earth of wild flowers, weeds, herbs and garden perennials sustain and enrich our everyday lives with food, metaphor, joy, anxiety, medicine, stories, beauty and enchantment. Above all, by enabling us to read the changing seasons, plants help us navigate our way in the world.

 

Herbaceous is a journey which follows the colour pulse of plants throughout the year, searching for new rhythms in a changing world. It begins with yellow: the pulse of early insects and the symbol of the returning sun. It is followed by spring’s vernal whites and the hedonist, spirited pinks of summer. Gradually, the strange and melancholy blues of early autumn are replaced by the ripple of seed-setting and a return to the browns of our subterranean winter dreams.

 

Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.

 

PAUL EVANS spent many years as a gardener working in rose nurseries, graveyards, historic gardens in Wales and a botanical garden in New York. He is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning playwright, best known for his ‘Country Diary’ in The Guardian and various natural history programmes and drama- documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Paul has also been a performance poet, a nature conservationist, holds a PhD in philosophy, and is currently a lecturer at Bath Spa University. He lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with his family.

 

Published by Little Toller Books on May 12th 2014

210 x 156mm, hardback Price: £12 isbn 978-1-908213-16-7

Jacket over foiled boards,112 pages on 90gsm

Munken paper Jacket and internal illustration by Kurt Jackson


 

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Author Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1                                                                                               Little Toller Publisher @LittleToller                                                                                      Illustrations @KurtJacksonArt 

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Blood moon rising

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: As chiffchaffs count the seconds to Easter, the first bluebells are opening into a strange and ominous alignment

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Sweet violets, a cure for melancholy written by Paul Evans @BooksPaulEvans1 Author of Herbaceous a Little Toller Monograph

Sweet violets, a cure for melancholy written by Paul Evans @BooksPaulEvans1 Author of Herbaceous a Little Toller Monograph | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

"At wood's edge, on a rabbit-scrabbled bank, a patch of white sweet violets, five yards square, glows under trees. There is so much energy in the air: a flash of sunlight catches the flowers and is gone under heavy cloud; in a matter of minutes there's rain, then snow. I take cover against an old field maple on the wood's medieval hedge bank.

Laid centuries ago, the maple's trunk grows in a right angle, protecting the violets for many generations. I watch snowflakes blow over violets and, as the two become almost indistinguishable, air and earth fill with white flowers".

 


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Startled by an emerald vision in the monochrome gloom – an aberrant fern

Startled by an emerald vision in the monochrome gloom – an aberrant fern | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: This fern in a crack between evolutionary forms, in the ruins of a quarry wall, in a grey wood under a lowering sky, is the kind of hybrid which subverts our fixed view of nature

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Conspiratorial mutterings in the hedge

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: The male yellowhammers in this sunlight are as yellow as the crabapples stuck like gobstoppers in the tree

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Spiders spin and weave along hedges shining bright with bryony berries

Spiders spin and weave along hedges shining bright with bryony berries | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: Webs of gossamer cast by thousands snag the sunlight, float in the air and stroke against the skin as I walk by

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Wenlock Edge Country Diary: "On a mulch of leaves, the crab apples glow with their imperfect perfection".

Wenlock Edge Country Diary: "On a mulch of leaves, the crab apples glow with their imperfect perfection". | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: Sunlight gives the fruit an inner luminosity like treasure in a cave, and for this display the woods are very quiet

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Wenlock Edge's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:28 AM

Beautifully written "Sunlight gives the fruit an inner luminosity like treasure in a cave, and for this display the woods are very quiet"

Peter Buckland's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:10 AM

... and yet another wonderful piece.

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Nature, red in tooth and claw: a young peregrine risks all to kill a racing pigeon

Nature, red in tooth and claw: a young peregrine risks all to kill a racing pigeon | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: It was a fresh kill, and the first bluebottles were investigating the scene with forensic diligence.

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The Hills Have Spies (Cleeve Studios)

A Cleeve Studios / LouiseNoBladder film about the British Badger Cull and those who are out night after night patrolling the killing zones of Gloucestershire...
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Natural History Museum to exhibit winning images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition

Natural History Museum to exhibit winning images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
The extraordinary sight of a dugong, a sea mammal closely related to elephants, surrounded by a group of snorkellers – as well as rain-soaked lions in the Serengeti and toads emerging from hibernation – are some of the striking images to be...
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Slightly stoned insects make love

Slightly stoned insects make love | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: The soldier beetles fly in like golden blurs. Their common name is hogweed bonking beetle, which says it all
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Yellowhammer at Lyth Hill - YouTube

Male Yellowhammer on a warm April afternoon at Lyth Hill near Shrewsbury

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Young buck with spring in his step

Young buck with spring in his step | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: This deer is the spirit of spring: adolescent, fearless and unfolding into a different kind of creature
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A ghostly flower makes its appearance, with a touch of the macabre

A ghostly flower makes its appearance, with a touch of the macabre | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: The apparition is about to become something but I don't know what. I want it to be bird's-nest orchid but I'm uncertain, and that makes it more mysterious

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Marsh marigolds jump into life like a bawdy old song

Marsh marigolds jump into life like a bawdy old song | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: The name comes from the Old English for horse-gall, a flowerbud like a blister, also called mare's blob
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Herbaceous by Paul Evans - YouTube

HERBACEOUS a Little Toller Monograph written by Paul Evans illustrated by Kurt Jackson."Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany ...
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Diary Wenlock Edge: The snowdrops are so prolific they give the churchyard a kind of radiance...

Diary Wenlock Edge: The snowdrops are so prolific they give the churchyard a kind of radiance... | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

"The February fair maids are out for Imbolc, for Candlemas. Imbolc is the Celtic pagan cross-quarter day, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox; Candlemas is the feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary; and the fair maids are snowdrops. In the churchyard of St Peter's in Stanton Lacy, Corvedale, jackdaws and rooks rattle from the high trees – and beneath them, around the headstones, are sheets of snowdrops.

 

The story goes that the beautiful Saint Milburgha, the Saxon princess who founded the priory of Much Wenlock in 680AD, was being chased by a Welsh prince, "a would-be suitor" in the coy language of the story. On her flight back to Wenlock, Milburgha had to cross the river Corve. With her pursuers gaining, she knelt to pray for deliverance and the little river suddenly became a raging torrent, saving her. In gratitude, she established a church at the river crossing"..............


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Happy New Year!

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Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory.

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

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Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory 

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

Maria Nunzia @Varvera 's curator insight, January 2, 1:35 AM

Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory.

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

Maria Nunzia @Varvera 's curator insight, January 2, 1:35 AM

Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory.

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

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Video: Urban Fox tranquil and yet alert


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Civilisations rise and fall in the woods

Civilisations rise and fall in the woods | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: The structures that blossom in the air age quickly, decay and collapse, while newer, bigger edifices heave out of the earth to replace them

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Save Acklands Coppice A Campaign to Protect Wildlife In This Secluded Part Of Wenlock Edge From Development.

Save Acklands Coppice A Campaign to Protect Wildlife In This Secluded Part Of Wenlock Edge From Development. | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
"The sound of the chain saw penetrates the peace of Acklands Coppice and trees are being felled at a steady rate. Meanwhile, a large digger has removed the face of the badger sett. This area will never be the same again. This secluded stretch of water and woodland has for many years been an undisturbed habitat"

 

 

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NIGHTWATCH

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Nightwatch

 

I hear no sound, except night’s breath.

 

I see no evidence of violence, except the violence of knowing it will happen.

 

They will come but not when you expect them.

 

They will be there but not on the land you patrol.

 

Their ambition is to out-fox you, “bear down on nature,”

 

Take their 30 pieces of silver and leave with the carcasses before dawn

 

 

 

 

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One jump at a time, the meadow grasshopper has come a long way

One jump at a time, the meadow grasshopper has come a long way | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: Sharing an ancestor in the Balkans, the grasshopper has an ancient lineage, stretching back 300m years

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