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Nymphing – the New Way (£20) sold out in its first printing in no time and the reprint has just hit the book- and tackle shops. So if you are making a new resolution this season to CATCH MORE TROUT – then perhaps it's time to try this technique which has won the French national team 7 gold medals in the World Championships. There is no better method for flyfishing in clear, stony-bottomed steams.
We are sorry to hear of the death of Ray Collier at the age of 79, Guardian countryside columnist and regular reviewer of our wildlife books. A great character and a genuine lover of the rural life.
The Swan. A stunning natural history of the Mute swan, in full colour, by professional wildlife photographer and biologist Malcolm Schuyl. The book normally retails at £20 but throughout April you can buy it through out website for just £10 plus p&p!
The Ride of My Life by Michael Clayton has been reviewed in the Spring issue of Covertside - the magazine for the Master of Fox Hounds Association in the USA. The reviewer says: 'Clayton’s wit and charm are laced into every story he recounts. This story of his hunting life criss-crosses his many careers: television and radio reporter, wa correspondent, into his other life… foxhunting. A good read about a remarkable man.' You can read the review in full here:
GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally by Peter McLeod has been reviewed in the March issue of The Complete Fly Fisherman (South Africa). The reviewer says: 'GTs have come of age as a prized fly fishing trophy, and rightfully so. They are now a coveted trophy, and anglers travel from far and wide to do battle with this ferocious animal, with the big GTs getting the better of their human adversaries on a regular basis. Stunning photographs. Down-to-the-point advice that will stand you in good stead if one day you find yourself on a GT flat. …get the book before you spend one further penny. You’ll be glad you did.' You can read the review in full here:
Learn all there is to know about French Nymphing from Jonathan White (author of Nymphing – the new way) on the highly popular US radio chat show Askaboutflyfishing.com – the interview is available to 'listen again' now!
Hammer Guns by Diggory Hadoke has been reviewed in the March/April issue of Shooting Sportsman - the American magazine of Wingshooting and Fine Guns. The reviewer said: 'A stimulating new book .... both informative and enjoyable. The book is terrific value… not only a provocative pleasure to read but it also is a convincing argument that hammer guns are the best guns ever made’. You can read the review in full here:
A cluster of newly hatched tadpoles in the Merlin Unwin Books pond.
So many to look out for: wood sorrel, dog violet, cowslip.... Wild Flowers of Britain (£8.99) – the perfect Easter gift!
Venison, the game larder, has been reviewed in the March issue of Wild Deer & Hunting magazine (Australia and New Zealand). The reviewer says: 'A book of exciting venison recipes is enhanced throughout by the clever design and layout work. Much more than a book on cooking, this production exults the value of deer to a society of hunters worldwide who truly value the animal for all its qualities.' You can read the review in full here:
The Swan. A stunning natural history of the Mute swan, in full colour, by professional wildlife photographer and biologist Malcolm Schuyl.
The book normally retails at £20 but throughout April you can buy it through out website for just £10 plus p&p!
Egg-laying begins for swans this month, averaging 6 in a nest but up to 13. The swan’s egg, weighing about 350g, is among the largest birds' eggs in the world. The female (the pen) sits on the nest, periodically turning the eggs, for the next 35 days or so until hatching.
Photos from The Swan by Malcolm Schuyl (£20)
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
From A Shropshire Lad by A E Housman.
Photo of St Laurence's Church, Ludlow by Gareth Thomas taken from the Merlin Unwin Books photographic edition of A Shropshire Lad.
New stock of Wild Flowers of Britain has arrived in our warehouse. Here are some early spring flowers to start looking out for: lungwort, crocus, hairy wood rush, ivy speedwell, bog myrtle and lots more!
It might be cold but it’s beautiful too. One of over 180 stunning images from The Forest of Bowland by Helen Shaw and Andrew Stahchuski (£20).
Above: View towards Cold Stone and Kearsden Holes
Peter McLeod, author of GT – A Fly Fishers Guide to Giant Trevally is currently away on a 10-day mothership-based adventure in the Seychelles to Providence Atoll. Of all the atolls in the Indian Ocean, Providence is perhaps the most exciting as they explore the unknown. At over 140 km² Providence is the largest of all the atolls they fish offering huge adventure to those that wade her flats. There are two small land masses at either end, North Island and Cerf Island in the south. It is not possible to see one from the other which will give you an inkling of how big an area there is to fish. Between the two is a piscatorial playground of massive open sand and turtle grass flats intersected by channels creating GT highways; the perfect hunting ground for marauding GTs. We look forward to hearing how it goes.
We also have a whole host of wild spring flowers to enjoy this month including primroses, pussy willow, sweet violets, lesser periwinkles and dandelions. Spring is finally here! The image left is another of the 150 stunning watercolour images in Wild Flowers of Britain (£8.99). The book is selling extremely well and we only have a handful of copies left in stock but a new printing is due to arrive in our warehouse on 23 March.