The Natural History of an English Forest - Norman E. HickinCountry Book Club, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with soiling to the lower panel and several short closed tears. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “From Wyre Forest to the centre of Birmingham is just a fraction over twenty miles. Here is one of the old English forests, not remote but with its own air of isolation: held within a strait-jacket of industrial activity yet still containing almost 3000 acres of its original ‘old oak’, thanks to a policy of conservation that was embarked upon before ‘conservation’ became a meaningful word. Norman Hickin presents a portrait of the Forest as he has come to know it over half a century intimately, sympathetically and with the rare insight of an entomologist of international repute. Nearly 200 drawings by the author bring vividly to mind the flora and fauna of Wyre: the alder kitten and white-barred clearwing moth, the pied flycatcher and the dipper: the woodcock and the wild aquilegia, and the whitty pear and sword-bladed helleborine. All these beautiful and extraordinary plants and animals are still to be found in Wyre, together with many thousands of species of living things which go to form the complex, reticulated pattern of a great English forest.”