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Wildwoods: An Irish Forest Returns to Nature
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Wildwoods: An Irish Forest Returns to Nature
Written by:
Richard Nairn 
Read by:
Ruairi Conaghan 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 29 minutes 
October 01 2020 
Available Date:
October 01 2020 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Autobiography; Memoirs; Nature 
Bolinda/Gill audio 
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AUD$ 34.95
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'Anyone who appreciates impassioned environmental writing and enjoys the lilting sounds of a fine Irish accent will want to listen to this audiobook. Ruairi Conaghan has the gift of a storyteller's delivery, which he applies with authority, a well-measured pace, and a sure sense of the text's value. Author Nairn might not have told this compelling narrative had it not been for COVID; he says we "increasingly experience the natural world remotely." At once a personal story of the author's own woodland care taking – his attempt to "keep one small patch of woodland alive" – it is also a mediation on what has happened and why to Ireland's forests. He states, "Ireland's native woodland is in the emergency ward." This audiobook's aim is to help heal the trees.'
AudioFile Magazine

Part memoir, part fascinating account of Ireland’s native woodlands – an inspiring story of hope.

Ecologist Richard Nairn has spent a lifetime studying – and learning from – nature. When an opportunity arose for him to buy a small woodland filled with mature native trees beside a fast-flowing river, he set about understanding all its moods and seasons, discovering its wildlife secrets and learning how to manage it properly. Wildwoods is a fascinating account of this woodland over a typical year. Along the way, Richard visits native woodlands throughout Ireland, uncovering the ancient roles of trees in Irish life, examining lost skills such as coppicing and exploring new uses of woodlands for forest schools, foraging, rewilding and capturing carbon. Ultimately, Wildwoods inspires all of us to pay attention to what nature can teach us.

‘A book to inspire anyone who wants Ireland to grow more Irish trees.’
Michael Viney, Irish author, artist and broadcaster