• The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain

The Lost Rainforests of Britain

Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Paperback Published on: 27/04/2023
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The Lost Rainforests of Britain
A Measured and Fascinating Call To Arms To Reinvigorate Britain's Dwindling Rainforests
A fascinating glimpse into a rapidly diminishing part of British ecology and history, Shrubsole takes us through the world of the temperate rainforest, the... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Lost Rainforests of Britain
From science and history to mythology and literature, this is an important and entertaining tale that contains something for every reader!
Sitting somewhere in between the genres of memoir and natural history, this narrative draws on the author's personal experiences, a wealth of scientific re... READ MORE
Loricha Honer
The Lost Rainforests of Britain
Exciting, urgent and absorbing — a magnificent book.
The Lost Rainforests of Britain is a hugely exciting book, a guided tour through how it was, how it is, and how it might be. The balance between conversati... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
The Lost Rainforests of Britain
Illuminating
This is an excellent and highly illuminating book which is not only very well written, but also carries such enthusiasm and passion for the subject that it... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
The Lost Rainforests of Britain
A magical and engrossing journey
An entrancing journey through Britain's forgotten and threatened fragments of temperate rainforest. Writing with vivid prose, Guy Shrubsole immerses us in... READ MORE
Zach at Douglas

Synopsis

From the bestselling author of Who Owns England?, a mesmerising chronicle of our forgotten rainforests - and an inspiring intervention to help restore them to the places they once were. In 2020, writer and campaigner Guy Shrubsole moved from London to Devon. As he explored the wooded valleys, rivers and tors of Dartmoor, Guy discovered a spectacular habitat that he had never encountered before: temperate rainforest. Entranced, he would spend the coming months investigating the history, ecology and distribution of rainforests across England, Wales and Scotland. Britain, Guy discovered, was once a rainforest nation. This is the story of a unique habitat that has been so ravaged, most people today don't realise it exists. Temperate rainforest may once have covered up to one-fifth of Britain and played host to a dazzling variety of luminous life-forms, inspiring Celtic druids, Welsh wizards, Romantic poets, and Arthur Conan Doyle's most loved creations. Though only fragments now remain, they form a rare and internationally important habitat, home to lush ferns and beardy lichens, pine martens and pied flycatchers. But why are even environmentalists unaware of their existence? And how have we managed to so comprehensively excise them from our cultural memory? Taking the reader on an awe-inspiring journey through the Atlantic oakwoods and hazelwoods of the Western Highlands and the Lake District, down to the rainforests of Wales, Devon and Cornwall, The Lost Rainforests of Britain maps these under-recognised ecosystems in exquisite detail - but underlines that without immediate political and public support, we risk losing them from the landscape, and perhaps our collective memory, forever. A rich, elegiac and boundary-pushing feat of research and reportage, this is the extraordinary tale of one person's quest to find Britain's lost rainforests, and bring them back.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008527990
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 310g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm

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The Lost Rainforests of Britain
A succinct, accessible breakdown of why we need to Save our Rainforests
Guy does a wonderful job in opening up this wonderful but often unknown rainforests, the case for saving and restoring them, and how we do so. It gives sci... READ MORE
H Blight