The village of Mark on the Somerset Levels is a watery wonderland, rich in wildlife: rooks and roe deer; sparrows and snowdrops; buzzards, badgers and butterflies; the iconic brown hare and the spectacular hummingbird hawk-moth. As the year unfolds, Stephen Moss witnesses the landscape as it passes from deep snow to spring blossom, through the heat haze of summer to the chill winds of autumn; from the first hazel catkins to the swallows returning from Africa; from the sounds of the dawn chorus to the nocturnal mysteries of moths. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds is both the story of a small corner of the West Country and a celebration of the natural world.
Stephen Moss is a naturalist, author, broadcaster and television producer. In a distinguished career at the BBC Natural History Unit his credits have included Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain. He writes a monthly column on birdwatching for the Guardian and regularly appears on BBC Radio 4. His previous books include The Bumper Book of Nature, A Bird in the Bush and A Sky Full of Starlings. Originally from London, he has travelled to all seven of the world's continents in search of wildlife. He now lives with his wife and children on the Somerset Levels.
by Stephen Moss
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