The Jay, The Beech and the Limpetshell
Finding Wild Things with My Kids
by Richard Smyth
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 20 Jun 2023
Weren't they richer, rock pools, wasn't the seashore busier, when I was a kid?
Richard Smyth had always been drawn to the natural world, but when he became a father he found a new joy and a new urgency in showing his kids the everyday wild things around them. As he and his children explore rockpools in Whitley Bay, or the woods and moors near his Yorkshire home, he imagines the world they might inhabit as they grow up.
Through different objects discovered on their wanderings - a beech leaf, a jay feather, a limpetshell - Smyth examines his own past as well as that of the early natural historians, weaving together history, memoir, and environmentalism to form a new kind of nature writing: one that asks both what we have lost, and what we have yet to find.