Ian Parsons has contributed to this blog on numerous occasions (see here) and this is the third of his books reviewed here (see A Vulture Landscape, October 2020, and A Tree Miscellany, January 2017).
I like Ian’s writing as it is clear, easy to understand, has some embedded wit and much embedded knowledge and an enthusiasm for wildlife. This book goes through the seasons as a framework for Ian’s observations of a wide range of wildlife. I get the impression that a walk with Ian, an experienced tour guide remember, would open my eyes to things that I would otherwise miss, and that’s what his books do too.
In particular, I really enjoy his knowledge of trees. I lapped up the accounts of individual trees such as the No Parking Whitebeam in Somerset, Devon Whitebeams, a solitary Rowan on Dartmoor and the Tortworth Chestnut. Ian opened my mind to a new world of trees, but without more assistance my eyes aren’t really opened to them. I need to get out more with people with a different take on nature to mine.
Ian Parsons reminds me, in his writing, of Ian Carter, and I think that if you enjoy either of their writings you will probably enjoy both. I do.
This book is as good a companion in one’s hands as I feel its author would be on a walk.
There are many photographs by the author through the text and they are fine additions to the book.
The cover? It’s attractive and not too fussy. I’d give it 7/10.
And a word for Whittles, the publisher – their books are always well produced.
Seasonality: a personal account of nature through the seasons by Ian Parsons is published by Whittles Publishing.[registration_form]