Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 111)

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New Naturalist Dartmoor explores the complex and fascinating history of one of southern England's greatest National Parks, an area of enormous interest to naturalists and tourists alike.

Dartmoor is said to be the loneliest wilderness in England. This has been said more often of Dartmoor than any other part of our country. Traditionally in the world of fiction as well as that of fact, Dartmoor has been renowned as a vast and empty moorland area, the property of nature rather than of man. It has always been the public's idea of a lonely place.

Not many generations ago it was regarded with a certain amount of awe and nowadays it is one of our most important centres of recreation, an island in upland England of abundant interest to the naturalist. In 1951 it became a National Park, one of the first of several places that have been so designated in Great Britain, helping to conserve and promote both its beauty and cultural heritage.

Spanning miles of open moorland, whilst also hiding small secluded river valleys, rare plants and endangered birds, Dartmoor is a place of variety, and has evolved in the public's mind from a forbidding place to that of romance and mystery.

In the latest addition to the long-running New Naturalist series, Ian Mercer sets out to explore every aspect of this important area of southern Devon. Focusing not only on its extensive history and physical landscape, but also its cultural place within Great Britain, this is both a comprehensive and engaging look at the wild and rugged landscape that has inspired so many poets, painters and musicians over countless centuries.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11675 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z6QGJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

An instant classic

11 people found this helpful.
 on 11 November 2009
By N. R. Cowling
Ian Mercer has impeccable credentials for writing the new classic book on Dartmoor. By background an ecologist and teacher he was Chief National Park Officer for Dartmoor for 17 years up to 1990, when he became Chief Executive for the Countryside Council for Wales. He has long lived on Dartmoor and is currently Chairman of the Dartmoor Commoners Council which regulates and represents the farmers whose cattle, sheep and ponies graze the extensive common land. The book is liberally illustrated with photos and diagrams, and covers every aspect of Dartmoor’s long history. It is also bang up to date, and does not shy away from pointing the finger at some of the less well advised interventions of recent statutory agencies. Above all the book is beautifully written, avoiding all jargon and never using a long word when a short one will do. You feel in the presence of a real human voice, and Mercer’s deep knowledge of and love for Dartmoor and its inhabitants, including the human ones, always shines through. Perhaps not a book to be read straight through at one go, but one which anyone interested in Dartmoor will want to have on the shelf, and refer to again and again.

Dartmoor – A Statement of its Time

15 people found this helpful.
 on 12 November 2009
By Mark James
The Dartmoor Bibliography of Peter Hamilton-Leggett lists some 7,000 entries, demonstrating the vast literature of Dartmoor. Among these entries there are some titles that stand head and shoulders above the rest and command a space on the bookshelf of every lover of Dartmoor. It probably started with Samuel Rowe’s Perambulation of Dartmoor and was later followed by Crossing’s Guide to Dartmoor and other titles, Worth’s Dartmoor, and Hemery’s High Dartmoor. The Dartmoor Essays from the Devonshire Association, and Dartmoor – A New Study edited by Crispin Gill are also notable volumes on the same shelf as also is the Dartmoor volume in the New Naturalist series by Harvey and St Leger Gordon.

Dartmoor – A Statement of Its Time

11 people found this helpful.
 on 25 September 2009
By Dartmoorlander
This is one of the outstanding Dartmoor books to have been published for many years. It will stand among the greats of Dartmoor literature as a comprehensive study of Dartmoor that brings it screaming into the 21st century. Well written, lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps and diagrams. This book is a must for anybody with an interest in Dartmoor and an absolute must for any Dartmoor devotee.

Another fabulous Dartmoor information guide

 on 29 June 2011
By C. Chadwick
Most recent comprehensive guide to Dartmoor.It will sit alongside my Eric Hemery ” High Dartmoor”.

Terrific!

 on 5 March 2014
By Yahshua
Only a pedant could read this book and point out the typos. This is an outstanding book: heavy, beautiful binding, high quality paper. It’s bang up to date, and is the definitive guide to understanding Dartmoor in the 21st century. It makes a terrific companion to the earlier New Naturalist for Dartmoor, so get a copy of both. I’ve lived on the moor for over ten years: this book continues to aid my understanding of the geology, flora and fauna etc.

Dartmoor

 on 30 October 2009
By JLC
A new book – condition as expected for a new vook and content good if that is your interest

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