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The Secret Life of a Woodland Habitat

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Intriguing, informative, and fascinating, A descriptions of animals and plants that made me wish I was in that place
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
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Spending time in woodlands is incredibly enriching, educational and therapeutic.  The author of The Secret Life of a Woodland Habitat explains why it is so important for humans to (re)connect with nature.  Though the focus is on UK woodlands, the premise is the same for all woodlands.  We need them in so many ways and they are for everyone.  They must be respected and cared for.  Being immersed in nature is of extreme importance to me and it teaches me something each day.  This book seems custom designed for nature nuts like me!  It is divided into seasons and includes birds, animals, insects, trees, butterflies, flowers and fungi and their interrelations.  Also fascinating are how to differentiate between similar species such as the beech and hornbeam.  Not only are the delights of the woodlands detailed but also the importance of awareness and conservation.  Gorgeous photography dazzles.

Though I am a forager and a passionate woodlands lover, there is much to learn here.  It is mind boggling to realize that 2,300 species of creatures rely on the oak and that undisturbed primroses can bloom February through March for decades.  It was fun to learn more about shyer animals such as pine martens, slow worms and hedgehogs and their habitats and the phenomenon of anting.  Though I often see them, I did not know the name of the swollen-thighed flower beetle.  How interesting it would be to see a Tamworth pig in the wild!

If you are curious about the inner workings of nature and/or enjoy the outdoors, this book has your name on it.  And if you are keen to get outdoors, this is a wonderful place to start.  You will surely be inspired,

My sincere thank you to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for the privilege of learning from this superb book!
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What a beautiful book! It was a genuine pleasure to read this book and to follow a patch of woodlands through each of the four seasons.
Between Harmsworth's obvious love and enthusiasm for nature and the inclusion of many beautiful photographs, it was impossible not to fall in love with that space myself.

Living in Australia, it was very interesting to me to see the different flora and fauna and the way the seasons present themselves compared to my home environment. 

This is a genuine lovely read and I highly recommend it to all fans of the natural world.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for giving me a free digital copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

I will post my review to Goodreads once the title is available on their site.
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The Secret Life of a Woodland Habitat
4.5 Stars 

I really enjoyed this book. The photography really made my heart happy; there are many stunning pictures that capture these animals, plants, fungi and insects in their natural environments. This book is divided by four seasons, making it easier to navigate. I'm impressed by how packed this book is with interesting woodland biodiversity information. I learned a lot and got introduced to several new animals and plants. I'm glad the author included a chapter on conservation and how we can each help. I live in the US and found it neat to compare what the UK is doing on the conservation and climate change front.  

Overall, this was a relaxing and enjoyable read. I think anyone with a love of wildlife or animals would enjoy this book. We've all been stuck indoors recently and as I'm returning to my "normal" life, it's been nice reconnecting with nature and this book has inspired several woodland creature doodles. 

Thank you, NetGalley and Pen & Swords, for providing me with a digital ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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Harmsworth takes readers on a tour of a patch of woodland through the seasons, introducing us to the plants and animals that live there. We learn how they adapt and survive over the course of a year, a fascinating look at a world hidden right in front of our eyes, but what makes this book so engaging is Harmsworth’s obvious love of the natural world and the enthusiasm with which she shares that love with her readers
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