'Portrait of a Park'
'A Year with the Wildlife of Christchurch Park' by Reg Snook
Gresham Publications in Association with The Friends of
As a user of Christchurch Park for more than 30 years, I was really
pleased to see that this book has been published. When I've walked
through the park on the way to work, or gone on my Sunday
morning run, I've often paused to read Reg's wildlife jottings on the
notice board next to the visitor centre. These are so entertaining
and informative that the idea of gathering them together in book
form can only be a good one.
Whatever the subject matter, he always strikes a chord and brings
back a memory of some of the wonderful wildlife we've seen and
also some that's been lost. He's not the only one to miss the
Spotted Flycatchers, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and Hawfinches
of yesteryear, but he does tell us about the many wildlife wonders
still left to us. Mabel the Tawny Owl, of course, gets an article to
herself, as do those gaudy Chinese intruders, the Mandarin Ducks.
Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or just enjoy walking in the
park, I can guarantee you'll find something to interest you in this
fascinating and beautifully illustrated publication.