Across a Waking Land: A 1,000-Mile Walk Through a British Spring

Icon. Jun. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781785789762. $27. TRAV
Nature writer Morgan-Grenville (Liquid Gold) returns with a narrative about his solo walk across England and Scotland in search of reasons to be hopeful about the environment. His journey was inspired by the curlew, a bird, and by the rough poppy flower; both are endangered. The author visited multiple habitats during his trek and met environmental advocates and activists that are tackling species, loss, and climate change in multiple and creative ways. That includes controlled reintroduction, regenerative farming, urban wildflower plots, peat and sea grass restoration, rivers and flood mitigation and management, farm clusters, and predator control. This book offers extensive footnotes and statistics, a bibliography, and appendixes that list the author’s daily route and itinerary, his kit list, and a multistep manifesto readers can personally incorporate to support the natural world around them.
VERDICT Birders will delight in the frequent mentions of various birds and their importance to the environment. Give to those who enjoyed Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and Conor Knighton’s Leave Only Footprints. These readers will best appreciate this mix of adventure, travel, and memoir.
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