When Anna Barrington arrives in the sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, little does she know that this small countryside community will change her life forever. With emergency call-outs to challenging calvings (and the odd challenging farmer), greedy Labradors, injured kittens and tearful goodbyes to much-loved pets, a vet's life can sometimes feel like the endless ups and downs of West Dorset's hill roads - especially when you drive as fast as Anna. But she's about to discover that there's more to love about the countryside than just its animals...
G. Bramwell Evens
"Tired of holding back the weight of the vardo, or possibly indignant of my lack of appreciation of all her caution, Comma tossed her head and broke into a trot. The brakes squealed, the pots and pans rattled and bounced on to the floor behind me, and Raq in the neighbouring field set up a howl of mingled astonishment and fear, as he saw the vardo rapidly vanishing from sight." Romany returns to Fletcher's farm in his caravan with spaniel Raq in tow. Once again he and Tim, will venture into the countryside and discover new friends like Sleek, the Otter and Humphry the Mole. Through fictional tales about these animals, and many more, learn the real-life habits of some of Britain's best-loved wildlife.
'The gardeners of England can do much to help the nation in its hour of need.' In 1941, when this book first appeared, the war was going badly for Britain, and the Home Front answered a call to arms from Mr Middleton, the nation's favourite gardener. In this collection of his hugely popular radio talks on the BBC he says that 'potatoes and beans are munitions of war as surely as are bullets and shells.' There is nothing for it, then, but to Dig for Victory, raising potatoes, onions and carrots, until the nightmare of war ends 'and the morning will break with all our favourite flowers to greet us once more...'
On a crisp October morning in 1996, Emma Milne started her first job as a newly qualified vet, a career captured on camera for eleven series of BBC television's Vets In Practice. Now she tells the full story. We discover the numerous things that can get stuck in an animal's stomach, how to stop a cow exploding, and the biggest truth of all - that animals are easy to deal with in comparison to their owners. They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Tales From The Tail End turn out to be stranger - and funnier - than you can ever have imagined...
These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped history. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the world changes around them.
An illuminating portrait of some of the UK's best-loved wild animals and birds and the colourful enthusiasts who champion their causes, giving a true sense of the magic that is found in Britain - in the wild wood, the stream and meadow. The animals making an appearance include otters, bats, badgers, dragonflies, foxes, adders and the very special toad. Hugh Warwick writes a series of affectionate and lively homages to the animals of the British Isles, intermingled with time spent in the field with the ambassadors who love and conserve them. Meet the water vole-woman from Shropshire, the owl ambassador from Somerset and Gordon, the dancing toad man.
Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth? That wolves can alter the course of a river? Or that earthworms control wild boar populations? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium. Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries and decades of experience as a forester and bestselling author, Peter Wohlleben shows us how different plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems cooperate, and what's at stake when these delicate systems are unbalanced. THE SECRET NETWORK OF NATURE gives us a chance to marvel at the inner workings and unlikely partnerships of the natural world, where every entity has its own distinct purpose.