A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger
Colin Elford's A Year in the Woods is anenthralling journey into the heart of the English countryside -with a preamble by Craig Taylor.Colin Elford spends his days alone - alone but for the deer, thesquirrels, the rabbits, the birds, and the many other creaturesinhabiting the woods.From the crisp cold of January, through the promise of springand the heat of summer, and then into damp autumn and the chillwinds of winter, we accompany the forest-ranger as he goes abouthis work - stalking in the early morning darkness, putting aninjured fallow buck out of its misery, watching stoats kill a hare,observing owls, and simply being a part of the outdoors.Colin Elford immerses himself in the richly diverse and uniquelandscapes of Britain, existing in rhythm with naturalenvironments. For fans of Robert Macfarlane's Landmarks,Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk orJames Rebanks' AShepherd's Life, Colin's rare and uplifiting journey willunveil the true nature and beauty of Britain's countryside.'This is nature for real . . . Elford describes woodland wondersin short paragraphs of luminous intensity' Daily Mail'A poetic insight in the world of hidden Nature'Countryman'Stalking sharpens the senses and there is an almosthallucinatory clarity to Elford's writing' Observer'Refreshingly unsentimental. Contains some wonderfuldescriptions and sentences which are so profound they demand asecond reading' Sunday ExpressColin Elford is a forest ranger on the Dorset/Wiltshireborder.Craig Taylor is the author of Return to Akenfield andOne Million Tiny Plays About Britain and the editor of themagazine Five Dials.