Here is another book review which might be of interest to you budding conservationists. I have just finished reading “Common Ground” by Rob Cowen which records his observations throughout the seasons of a patch of overgrown common close to his new house in Bilton, near Harrogate. He refers to the area as “edge-land” which resonates with where we work since most of our sites are on the edges of estates or villages and have a similar environment. It was an easy and enjoyable read and very relevant to understanding what we do. As with the previously recommended book I came across this in the Forum Library in Norwich.
I have been volunteering with the Fringe project for around five years now and have learned much about the environment and conservation. This has encouraged me to read about the subject to improve my understanding. I discovered that Norwich Library has a great selection of books on the topic and I occasionally borrow one as an alternative to my usual racy novels! The latest read was John Lewis-Stempel’s “The Running Hare” which charts his year-long project to create a wildlife rich area on a barren field. What he achieved during that year was pretty amazing, bringing back hares and other animals and birds through managing the area in an environmentally friendly way. It is a great story and a very easy read interspersed with stories from the past and poems by John Clare. It also chimes with what we do through the Norwich Fringe Project to help the wildlife on the fringes of our urban environment. The book was recently promoted through the “Journeys of Discovery” theme at Norwich Library and I thoroughly recommend it.