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Books For Summer Exploring

If you’re lucky enough to live not more than five minutes from the sea as I do and you enjoy a bit of a collect and forage, then these two little books are just lovely.

The Seaweed Collector’s Handbook: From Purple Laver to Peacock’s Tail is the first and just lovely. Written by the Dutch poet and artist Miek Zwamborn, it explores the history, culture and use, from the Neolithic people of the Orkney Islands to sushi artisans in modern Japan. Seaweed has inspired artists, given explorers like Columbus trouble and was avidly collected by the Victorians. It has identifying illustrations by Zwamborn and is the perfect explorers pocket size. Buy it HERE

Next is The Pebble Spotter’s Guide by geologist and passionate pebble spotter Clive Mitchell. Sit on the beach or beside a stream and literally see what’s under your feet and how to identify different sorts of rocks and stones. Fascinating stuff. Buy it HERE

Want to know more about how you can do more for our Net Zero gain? Then this book Be the Ultimate Friend of the Earth will challenge you to see how much you really know about avoiding a climate change disaster. Split in to ten topics and including questions on recycling and reusing, the importance of flora and fauna and planet-friendly food, and packed full of stories and tips that show the people, the projects and the places that are already living as if this planet was precious, this is an essential handbook for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how we can all have a positive impact on Planet Earth. Buy it HERE

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