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.
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An enchanting book, Wild Hares and Hummingbirds is a combination of celebration for what is and regret for what is passing. It is elegiac - Daily Express
An enchanting month-by-month guide to 'the natural history of an English village'. As richly evocative of January as of June, Moss captures the flora and the fauna of his Somerset home with a grace and charm to warm the coldest winter night - Independent
[A] charmingly produced book…readers are in the hands of an expert - The Lady
This engaging account…should spark interest in country-dwellers and provide a transporting read for townies. In his placid style, Moss is profoundly informative - Independent
Moss has carved out an enviable niche as a chronicler of the natural world…with a beautifully observant eye. A delightful and informative book - Daily Mail
A landscape steeped in stories and poetry - Literary Review
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.