To celebrate World Book Day 2019 we asked our volunteers to share their favourite books about nature and wildlife.
Judith Mills: I’m currently reading The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd written about 60 years ago. It’s about her understanding of nature in the Cairngorms. It reminds me how I feel when I’m on Protection at BGGW.
Judith Mary Crompton: Anne Loris Hill’s Four Fields, Five Gates, the true story of the restoration of an old farmhouse in Cwm Bychan by three intrepid young women from Birmingham, during World War II. Well-written and entertaining.
Holly Sissons: Crow Country by Mark Cocker because I can never decide between rooks or ospreys as my favourite bird! Very evocative and beautiful book about a much-maligned species.
Angela Mounsey: I remember going off to boarding school aged 10 and sometime later, having and reading a book called Two Owls at Eton by Jonathan Franklin. It was a wonderful story about him bringing these owls up at school and I think started my love of owls.
Heather Corfield: When I was young I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house. My grandad had a keen interest in birds and he had a couple of bird books that I used to love to read during my visits. One of them was the Reader’s Digest Book of British Birds. I loved that book because it was nice and big and had good pictures to look at as well as interesting information, so I didn’t get bored. There were a few birds pictured in the book that I had never heard of before and I really wanted to see. I got to see two of them in 2004, osprey and waxwing and I managed to tick off hoopoe in 2006. When my grandad died my nan said I could choose one of his books to keep and my choice was, of course, the Reader’s Digest book. I have since purchased a much newer edition and have quite a collection of bird books now, but Grandad’s book is still in pride of place on the bookshelf.
Margaret Humphreys: As far as my memory goes all my early books were about animals and birds or by Enid Blyton, some I still have. The one that stands out is the book ‘Kes’ (A Kestrel for a Knave) by Barry Hines and that started a love of falconry that I still have.
Rebecca Phasey: I remember reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson in primary school. I loved the little barn owl named Plop and have since bought a copy for all my nieces! Many years later, I was studying Blodeuwedd in college. The Mabinogi, a world full of magic, captured my imagination and I was reminded how much nature and animals played a part in our Welsh myths. As I imagined Blodeuwedd flying away at the end of the story, I was convinced that owls and birds were magical creatures.
Do you have a favourite book that’s inspired by nature?