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The Secret Life of a Woodland Habitat  (Hardback)

Life Through the Seasons

Photographic Books Colour Books Nature Outdoors Nature White Owl

By Chloé Valerie Harmsworth
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 100 colour integrated
ISBN: 9781399093347
Published: 31st October 2022

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Delve deep into the trees and find wonder in our UK woodlands.

Step back from the pressures of everyday life and reconnect with nature and its mindful magic with this absorbing and engaging guide. Learn what you can see at different times of the year and recognise the stunning trees, flowers and plants, multi-hued birds and insects, and mysterious mammals that call these habitats home. Soon you will be marvelling at rutting deer, soaking up the view of beautiful bluebells, and entering the world of bumbling badgers and fantastic foxes, while also enjoying the rapturous sound of glorious birdsong.

Press pause on your modern worries and go back to your ancestors’ roots by foraging for nuts and berries. Become aware of the signs that indicate one season transforming into another. Search for fairytale mushrooms and at the same time understand why they are essential to our environment. Discover the science, history and folklore associated with the oak, ash and birch.

On your seasonal adventures through our enigmatic woodlands, be humbled by their importance to our interconnected ecosystem, and be inspired to protect these precious places for the betterment of the world. This accessible guide, with its attractive and original photos, will help you to build an everlasting bond with your local wildlife and woodlands, thus enriching your well-being and life.

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. The photography really made my heart happy; there are many stunning pictures that capture these animals, plants, fungi and insects in their natural environments. This book is divided by four seasons, making it easier to navigate. I'm impressed by how packed this book is with interesting woodland biodiversity information. I learned a lot and got introduced to several new animals and plants. I'm glad the author included a chapter on conservation and how we can each help. I live in the US and found it neat to compare what the UK is doing on the conservation and climate change front.

Overall, this was a relaxing and enjoyable read. I think anyone with a love of wildlife or animals would enjoy this book. We've all been stuck indoors recently and as I'm returning to my "normal" life, it's been nice reconnecting with nature and this book has inspired several woodland creature doodles.

NetGalley, Andy Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Harmsworth takes readers on a tour of a patch of woodland through the seasons, introducing us to the plants and animals that live there. We learn how they adapt and survive over the course of a year, a fascinating look at a world hidden right in front of our eyes, but what makes this book so engaging is Harmsworth’s obvious love of the natural world and the enthusiasm with which she shares that love with her readers

NetGalley, Rosemary Smith

About Chloé Valerie Harmsworth

Chloé Valerie Harmsworth is a nature writer, artist, editor and photographer from Hertfordshire. With a background in educational publishing, she has written about the environment, conservation, wildlife and well-being for a wide range of publications. In her work she aims to show the beauty of the natural world and encourage people to protect it. She keeps a nature diary, with photos and illustrations, of her local green spaces. She shares her nature-inspired content on her website chloevalerienatureart.wordpress.com and on Instagram @chloevalerienatureart

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