Reading ➽ The Wood for the Trees Author Richard Fortey – Thegreatwallonline.us

The Wood for the Trees From One Of Our Greatest Science Writers, This Biography Of A Beech And Bluebell Wood Through Diverse Moods And Changing Seasons Combines Stunning Natural History With The Ancient History Of The Countryside To Tell The Full Story Of The British Landscape The Woods Are The Great Beauty Of This Country A Fine Forest Like Beech Wood Far Beautiful Than Anything Else Which We Have Seen In Its Vicinity Is How John Stuart Mill Described A Small Patch Of Beech And Bluebell Woodland, Buried Deeply In The Chiltern Hills And Now Owned By Richard Fortey Drawing Upon A Lifetime Of Scientific Expertise And Abiding Love Of Nature, Fortey Uses His Small Wood To Tell A Wider Story Of The Ever Changing British Landscape, Human Influence On The Countryside Over Many Centuries And The Vital Interactions Between Flora, Fauna And Fungi.The Trees Provide A Majestic Stage For Woodland Animals And Plants To Reveal Their Own Stories Fortey Presents His Wood As An Interwoven Collection Of Different Habitats Rich In Species His Attention Ranges From The Beech And Cherry Trees That Dominate The Wood To The Flints Underfoot The Red Kites And Woodpeckers That Soar Overhead The Lichens, Mosses And Liverworts Decorating The Branches As Well As The Myriad Species Of Spiders, Moths, Beetles And Crane Flies The 300 Species Of Fungi Identified In The Wood Capture His Attention As Much As Familiar Deer, Shrews And Dormice.Fortey Is A Naturalist Who Believes That All Organisms Are As Interesting As Human Beings And Certainly Important Than The Observer So This Book Is A Close Examination Of Nature And Human History He Proves That Poetic Writing Is Compatible With Scientific Precision The Book Is Filled With Details Of Living Animals And Plants, Charting The Passage Of The Seasons, Visits By Fellow Enthusiasts The Play Of Light Between Branches The Influence Of Geology And How Woodland Influences History, Architecture And Industry On Every Page He Shows How An Intimate Study Of One Small Wood Can Reveal So Much About The Natural World And Demonstrates His Relish For The Incomparable Pleasures Of Discovery.

Reading ➽ The Wood for the Trees  Author Richard Fortey – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Wood for the Trees
  • Richard Fortey
  • 01 September 2018
  • 0008104662

10 thoughts on “The Wood for the Trees


  1. says:

    When I grow up I want to be like Richard Fortey.I noted early on that when I first started reading this book I thought I would grow bored of reading about the natural history of a forest in the UK Boy was I wrong.I loved this book because, if you know me, or at least are friends with me on FB, you know how much I like taking photos of the flora and fauna that inhabit our back yard If I had my druthers, I would ...


  2. says:

    Able to draw you from one intense and vivid description of beauty to the next.The Wood for the Trees is a title with two meanings It refers to a saying, Can t see the wood for the trees which is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as, to be unable to understand a situation clearly because you are too involved in it The first meaning possibly could involve the Darwinian history of the area, as described to the reader by the author The other meaning,closely embracing this beautiful bo Able to draw you from one intense and vivid description of beauty to the next.The Wood for the Trees is a title with two meanings It refers to a saying, Can t see the wood for the trees which is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as, to be unable to understand a situation clearly because you are too involved in it The first meaning possibly could involve the Darwinian history of the area, as described to the reader by the author The other meaning,closely embracing this beautiful book, is a reference to the specific land that the author and his wife purchased, Grimm s Dyke Wood, and...


  3. says:

    What an interesting, gentle, fabulous book It reads like a memoir, but it s a m lange of many things, include a few recipes and how to ideas mixed in, about a little wood and all its denizens in the Chiltern Hills ...


  4. says:

    The Wood for the Trees One Man s Long View of Nature Fortey 4 starsRichard Fortney is a British paleontologist and author This book is an ongoing journal of a yearlong study of several acres of beech and bluebell wood that he bought after retiring from his position at the British Museum Each chapter is devoted to a month of the year Fortey discusses his observations of the botany, biology, and geology of the woodland He researches the human history of the surrounding area and discusses th The Wood for the Trees One Man s Long View of Nature Fortey 4 starsRichard Fortney is a British paleontologist and author This book is an ongoing journal of a yearlong study of several acres of beech and bluebell wood that he bought after retiring from his position at the British Museum Each chapter is devoted to a month of the year Fortey discusses his observations of the botany, biology, and geology of the...


  5. says:

    I have a soft spot for almanac type books, arranged around the seasons Fortey is an agile, witty writer, with a great ability for apt description Lovely and erudite book that skips effortlessly from for exa...


  6. says:

    You might also enjoy Wildwood A Journey Through Trees The Hidden Life of Trees Winter World The Ingenuity of Animal Survival Summer World A Season of Bounty Pilgrim at Tinker Creek The Old Ways A Journey on Foot


  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Nope.What a marketing scam This is not a biography of a beech and bluebell wood It is Fortey s diary and ego made large I couldn t even make it through the first chapter.It s a shame too, because, skimming the text, the bits where Fortey doesn t jump in front of the spotlight are actually well written and extremely interesting But I can t tolerate an author who impedes his own work by demanding to be seen and validated.In the meantime I ll stick to Robert Macfarlane, who knows how take a s Nope.What a marketing scam This is not a biography of a beech and bluebell wood It is Fortey s diary and ego made large I couldn t even make it through the first chapter.It s a shame too, because, skimming the text, the bits where Fortey doesn t jump in front of the spotlight are actually well written and extremely interesting But I can t tolerate a...


  8. says:

    So very charming and so very British I just love the enthusiasm and all the historical and biological facts jammed into this Richard Fortey buys a woods go figure and then learns about beech trees, furniture and walking stick making, mushrooms, bugs, birds, deer, moss from the moss man and all sorts of things It s all dingley dell, parabulations through the woods and cottages all ticketyboo The text is charming and enthusiastic, the narrator is charming and veddy veddy British and I j So very charming and so very British I just love the enthusiasm and all the historical and biological facts jammed into this Richard Fortey buys a woods go figure and then learns about beec...


  9. says:

    The Wood For The Trees One Man s Long View of Nature by Richard ForteyA Review by Becky HollandPublisher Knopf ISBN 10 1101875755 ISBN 13 978 1101875759Ratings 4 stars The Wood for Trees One Man s Long View of Nature appears at first glance to be another attempt at copying Thoreau by a writer Then, reading the description of the book, you realize it is not in fact it is its own story.Richard Fortey, author and scientist, is a landowner as well This is where the book s story comes The Wood For The Trees One Man s Long View of Nature by Richard ForteyA Review by Becky HollandPublisher Knopf ISBN 10 1101875755 ISBN 13 978 1101875759Ratings 4 stars The Wood for Trees One Man s Long View of Nature appears at first glance to be another attempt at copying Thoreau by a writer Then, reading the description of the book, you realize it is not in fact it is its own story.Richard Fortey, author and scientist, is a landowner as well This is where the book s story comes from when he purchased around four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England Fortey pens a tale of exactly what...


  10. says:

    Oh bliss A book that is beautifully written by a British naturalist about a particular place, a small woods, and that place happens to be about 10 miles from the place I am writing about in my historical novel set during the English Civil War So I get to enjoy not only the wonderful details about bluebells in the beech woods, and the sounds the birds make, and the history of the nearby estates and towns, and the animals that inhabit the wood, but I can count this as research Like many books a Oh bliss A book that is beautifully written by a British naturalist about a particular place, a small woods, and that place happens to be about 10 miles from the place I am writing about in my historical novel set during the English Civil Wa...

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