As Mark has been very busy covering a number of recent developments in British wildlife conservation this past week, the Sunday book review he normally publishes is this week more of a Tuesday book review. However he more than makes amends for being a couple days late by focusing this new column on the recent publication of the British Trust for Ornithology’s State of the UK’s Birds 2017 and a particularly handy volume published a decade ago with which to compare the finding of the BTO’s new report: A Climatic Atlas of European Breeding Birds.
Mark has been particularly busy with his book reviewing over the past week as he’s published two new book reviews in his blog this Sunday: “Birdmania” and “A History of Birds.”
One of the things I look toward with greatest anticipation each time I visit England are the opportunities these journeys provide to indulge in a wide range of direct-from-the-farm foods. I can’t speak for what’s to be found in “the City” as I’m rarely there, but in the countryside where I generally find myself, the availability, quality, and variety of locally grown or raised foodstuffs is truly delightful.
Thus I was particularly pleased to discover this week, thanks entirely to Mark Avery’s Sunday Book Review, a new book from Elliott & Thompson that had not yet come to my attention : Charlie Pye- Smith’s “Land of Plenty; A Journey Through the Fields and Foods of Modern Britain.”
Rather than his own review of a book this week, Mark has dedicated his Sunday book review to the winner of his recently concluded book reviewing contest. The challenge: review George Monbiot’s book “Feral; Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life.” The submitted reviews were then read, critiqued, and scored by a most eminent and distinguished panel of judges. The one with the best marks was then declared to be the winner.