The rabbit was not originally a wild animal in Britain. It was introduced by the Normans and for nine hundred years was a very important commodity which was farmed in warrens. For centuries the meat and fur were highly valued and warrens were carefully managed and protected to maximise production.
'The Hare' is a lively and readable account of the natural history of the hare, covering its behaviour throughout the seasons, its breeding, its habitat, its survival techniques, its predators and its hunters. The myths and folkore surrounding the hare are also explored, and all presented clearly. The book also covers the hare in Europe, the USA and Africa and contains many photographs by professional wildlife photographer David Mason.
Who says nothing goes on in the countryside? Rural England is an informative and entertaining celebration of the diversity of the English countryside today. Each month of the year, Jill Mason brings aspects of rural England to life for her readers: a fascinating insight into a mammal, a wild flower, a rural worker, a countryside festival, a seasonal landscape, a native bird, a traditional monthly farming practice... Stunning and unusual images by renowned countryside photographer David Mason accompany each topic. This book will delight everyone who appreciates the richness and vibrancy of all corners of rural England throughout its seasons. Get out and enjoy it!
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Available now - The History of Hunting in and around the Lakeland Fells.
This book spans more than two hundred years offering an insight into the pride and traditions which go hand in hand with hunting in what is now Cumbria. Until 1974 this area embodied the counties of Westmorland, Cumberland and the north of Lancashire. Hunting contributed much to both the sporting and social lives of the many rural communities scattered along the dales which are flanked by steep and often hazardous fells. The text, peppered with anecdotes, outline the facts and 250 illustrations provide a pictorial record from early photographs of the nineteenth century right up to the present day.
The original intention was to write about the history of the six fell packs, Blencathra, Coniston, Eskdale and Ennerdale, Lunesdale, Melbreak and Ullswater but one thing led to another and the beagle, harrier, otterhound and stag hound packs somehow found their way in. To record it all within one book has been a mammoth task but three years later the vision turned into reality and hopefully it will prove to be a useful reference book for generations yet to come in which they can discover what ‘the good old days’ were really like.