In ancient Ireland there were 365 different body parts, and a different plant to cure each part. So Ireland’s wild plants have been part of our culture and folklore from the earliest times, featuring in the Brehon Laws, early Irish poetry and herbal medicine.
For five decades Richard Mabey has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing. In a celebration that links the work of the poet John Clare with the political warnings of Rachel Carson, Mabey suggests that 'the answer to the still present threat of a silent spring is for us to sing against the storm.'
Draws together the mythology, legends and folklore of Ireland's birds, both wild and domestic. Written with imagination and enthusiasm, this mix of natural history, mythology and folklore will delight and enlighten all interested in the birds of Ireland.