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Rivers, canals and Britain's glorious waterways are championed and admired at every opportunity. They are the subject of countless photos, television programmes and books - and are places to visit and enjoy whenever considering a walk in the countryside. Sadly, not so the humble ditch; yet they are the all-important capillaries supplying the veins of the UK's far more visual watercourses. As well as having a practical farming purpose and being important in preventing flooding, ditches are an essential habitat for many species of flora and fauna. In no way a dry riverbed of hard facts, A Year in a Ditch is informative and a source of knowledge to anyone interested in exploring the delights of this vital habitat. The book is full of relevant quirky notes and obscure snippets, the fanciful and factual; old wives' tales; quotations and snippets of poetry.Ditches are an integral part of some very bizarre sports and pastimes indeed and there are even suggestions as to how one can actually dine out in a ditch!A
Year in a Ditch will be a wonderful read for anyone wishing to know more about the 500,000 kilometres of these often-neglected waterways that have threaded their way through the British countryside for millennia.
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'...this fascinating book...with its secrets and history of ditches, is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the countryside. Having read the book, I can now admit to have been looking at ditches in a completely different way. Hobson's words will encourage you to go out and play nature detective, either by yourself or with family and friends. I must commend Hobson for his insight into the fascinating watery world of a ditch and allowing me to relive some childhood memories'. Dumfries and Galloway Life -------------------- '...loaded with history facts and cultural references it's just downright interesting. There are heaps of facts and charm in equal measure in this fascinating slim volume'. Fat Birder -------------------- 'Ditches of course are places flora and fauna just love and so will you after reading this fascinating book...Jeremy's book is a must and also for people who like to forage for food as he provides handy tips and recipes too'. Burnley Express ------------------- '...a highly informative and entertaining description of the uses, history and construction of the humble ditches. ... A Year in a Ditch is remarkably well researched and illustrated, written in a compelling yet relaxed manner. ...will provide a new perspective to your appreciation of a singular aspect of the countryside that surrounds us'. Ileach -------------------- `...very nice book... get ready, because you will be surprised.' Walter Belis -------------------- `...demonstrates that the humble ditch is fascinating and important in its own right... you'll never look at a `boring old ditch' the same way again!' The Weekly News