A St Albans-based nature writer and photographer has released a book inspired by the delights of wandering through the Hertfordshire woodlands.
The Secret Life of a Woodland Habitat by Chloé Valerie Harmsworth encourages readers to take a step back from the pressures of everyday life and “reconnect with nature and its mindful magic”.
She told MyLocalNews: “Wherever you live in St Albans, you are very likely to have a woodland environment – even if it’s just a small patch – within walking distance from your home. Why not get to know it this winter? This is the ideal time to begin developing your tree identification skills, to learn which trees live there, and to admire foraging flocks of redwings, starlings and more.
“Secretive birds of prey (the subject of my next book) and tiny wrens are now more easily spotted, with most of the woodland foliage gone. In winter, you have a better chance of glimpsing a wood mouse, weasel, stoat, bank vole or muntjac deer.”
The Secret Life of a Woodland Habitat can be ordered from www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Secret-Life-of-a-Woodland-Habitat-Hardback/p/21779