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Wildlife Books
Today I went back in time to read up on a naturalist who was friends with Charles Darwin - both of whom lived in Kent; here are a few lines which Lubbock included in his notes:

The exquisite beauty and delight of a fine summer day in the country has never perhaps been more truly, and therefore more beautifully, described than by Jefferies in his "Pageant of Summer."



"I linger,'" he says, "in the midst of the long grass, the luxury of the leaves, and the song in the very air. I seem as if I could feel all the glowing life the sunshine gives and the south wind calls to being. The endless grass, the endless leaves, the immense strength of the oak expanding, the unalloyed joy of finch and blackbird; from all of them I receive a little…. In the blackbird's melody one note is mine; in the dance of the leaf shadows the formed maze is for me, though the motion is theirs; the flowers with a thousand faces have collected the kisses of the morning."

(Sir John Lubbock)

Bird illlustrations on cover of book about birds. Kent Surrey.
A book cover displaying one of its delightful coloured plates


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