By John Higgs
A trip alongside considered one of Britain's oldest roads, from Dover to Anglesey, looking for the hidden historical past that makes us who we're today.
Long in the past a direction used to be created via the passage of toes tramping via unending forests. progressively that direction turned a song, and the tune turned a highway. It attached the White Cliffs of Dover to the Druid groves of the Welsh island of Anglesey, throughout a land that was once first known as Albion then Britain, Mercia and at last England and Wales. Armies from Rome arrived and straightened this 444 kilometres of meandering music, which at midnight a long time received the identify Watling road. this day, this old street is going by means of many various names: the A2, the A5 and the M6 Toll. it's a palimpsest that's consistently being rewritten.
Watling road is a highway of witches and ghosts, of queens and highwaymen, of background and delusion, of Chaucer, Dickens and James Bond. alongside this course Boudicca met her finish, the conflict of Bosworth replaced royal background, Bletchley Park code breakers cracked Nazi transmissions and power Brown remodelled the English panorama.
The myriad those who use this highway each day may well imagine it unremarkable, yet, as John Higgs exhibits, it hides its secrets and techniques in simple sight. Watling Street isn't just the tale of a path throughout our island, yet an acutely saw, unforeseen exploration of england and who we're this day, advised with wit and aptitude, and an unerring eye for the curious and surprising.
By Sean Conway
Bored of continually going out of the country for vacation trips, after which realising how little he knew in regards to the British nation-state, Sean made up our minds to take a month off paintings, purchase a motorcycle, and do the epic Land's finish to John O'Groats, solo and unsupported. What was once essentially the most adventurous months of his existence as he confronted chilly nights, wet days and many time on his personal.
“If I had no longer performed this trip then I most likely wouldn’t be the place i'm this present day. each event bike owner must cycle round Britain. there's simply so a lot to experience.”
By Peter J. Kennett
By Philip MacDougall
By Jo Gosney
By Paddy Dillon
Written by means of prolific open air author Paddy Dillon, this guidebook is choked with plenty of info for making plans your stroll, together with transparent step by step direction descriptions and OS map extracts, public delivery hyperlinks, lodging and amenities alongside the way in which. additionally defined is the 17-mile South Dorset Ridgeway, from West Bexington to Osmington turbines, which might be used as a scenic approach to shave forty two miles off the full distance.
This epic path takes in Exmoor nationwide Park, 5 parts of remarkable nationwide attractiveness and the Jurassic Coast global history website, along with quite a few nature reserves and SSSIs.
By Brian Girling
By Ron D. Porley
This is the 1st booklet to hide England's infrequent and threatened mosses and liverworts, jointly often called bryophytes. As a gaggle, they're the main historic land crops and occupy a distinct place within the colonization of the Earth by means of vegetation. besides the fact that, many are in danger from habitat loss, toxins, weather swap, and different elements. Britain is among the world's most sensible bryologically recorded components, but its mosses and liverworts aren't popular outdoor a small band of specialists. This has intended that conservation motion has tended to lag at the back of that of extra charismatic teams reminiscent of birds and mammals. Of the 916 types of bryophyte in England, 87 are at the British crimson record and are considered as threatened below the stern standards of the overseas Union for the Conservation of Nature.
This booklet goals to elevate wisdom through supplying wonderful photographs--many by no means prior to published--of every one threatened species, in addition to up to date profiles of eighty four of them, together with prestige, distribution, heritage, and conservation measures. The e-book seems at what bryophytes are, why they're very important and important, and what makes them infrequent; it additionally examines threats, extinctions, ex situ conservation suggestions, laws, and the influence of the 1992 conference on organic Diversity.
- Provides the 1st therapy of England's infrequent and threatened mosses and liverworts
- Features lovely photographs--many by no means sooner than published--of every one species and lots of in their habitats
- Treats each one species in a convenient and tasty double-page structure
- Includes updated profiles of eighty four species, together with prestige, distribution, historical past, and conservation measures
- Presents the 1st evaluation of English bryophyte conservation
- Offers helpful information to humans operating in conservation in England, the British Isles, Europe, and beyond
By John Idris Jones
By Paul Chrystal