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Secrets of a Devon Wood: A Nature Journal [9781780724379]

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** A GREAT READ BOOK OF THE MONTH **

Read our Q&A with Jo Brown HERE

Walking one day in the woods behind her cottage in Devon, nature illustrator and blogger Jo Brown became captivated by the sight of a Green Dock Beetle on a leaf and took a photograph of it in order to be able to draw it.

That first tiny emerald bug was followed by more insects, and then birds, fungi, plants and flowers.

The result is Secrets of a Devon Wood, a rich illustrated memory of her discoveries in the order in which she encountered them, so that the book flows smoothly with the seasons and the emergence of different wildlife.

In enchanting, minute detail she zooms in on a bog beacon mushroom, a buff-tailed bumblebee, or a native bluebell. And she notes facts about their physiology and life history: The flowers are narrow & darker than H. hispanica & H.x. mossartiana, she writes. Drooping stem. Almost all flowers are on one side. Sweet scent.

This journal is a treat for the senses, both a hymn to the intricate beauty of the natural world and a quiet call to arms for all of us to acknowledge and preserve it. It is a book that will stay with you long after you finally put it down.

The natural world fascinates me and fills me with wonder. The best thing about it is that it makes me smile... and it's all completely free, just outside the door.

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9781780724379
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9781780724379
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Author:
Jo Brown
Publisher:
Short Books Ltd
Publication:
08-Oct-2020
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
112
Chart Position:
145
Weight:
400 Grams
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    Secrets of a Devon Wood: A Nature Journal

    Posted by Wendy Allen on 27th Oct 2020

    Beautifully illustrated in muted colours. Scientific comments, so suitable for those with more advanced knowledge and those with none. Lovely to follow Jo's forays into the natural world, very necessary just now.

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    Secrets Of a Devon Wood

    Posted by Monica King on 18th Oct 2020

    A most beautiful book that takes you into the realm of peace, order and the wonder of creation. Just lovely to hold and inspire in these difficult days.

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