The Nature of Wyre – A wildlife rich forest in the heart of Britain
Edited by Brett Westwood, Peter Shirley, Rosemary Winnall & Harry Green
Published by Pisces Publications Priced £37.50
Hard back Pages 312 ISBN 978 1 874357 69 8
Here is an exciting publisher that is not only world environmental consultants but creating books not only in this country but abroad. The titles are vast and when an area like the Wyre Forest comes under their eyes you can see the professionalism strait away. Lying close to Birmingham the first thing is clear that many naturalists have made this area their ‘patch’ and contributed many records over the years making it a must visit area for especially bird watchers. The area covers 75 sq kilometres [ 29 sq miles] of forest covering the county of Worcestershire and parts of Staffordshire and Shropshire with 2600 ha of woodland also grassland, valleys and heath. There are 1753ha of SSSIs with the National Nature Reserve covering 650ha. The book delves into the history of the area, the geology and what makes the place tick with its vast army of insects, mammals, fungi and of course birds. Some of the classic breeding birds in the area include Hawfinch, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler and Goshawk. I am sure many will find this book ideal for improving their visits to the area.