Field Notes From a Hidden City

Field Notes From a Hidden City

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Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements - geographic, atmospheric and environmental - which bring diverse life forms to live in close proximity in cities. Using the circumstances of her own life, house, garden and city, she writes of the animals who live among us: the birds - gulls, starlings, pigeons, sparrows and others; the rats and squirrels; the spiders and the insects. In beautiful, absorbing prose, Woolfson describes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year, which begins with the exceptional cold and snow of 2010. Influenced by her own long experience of corvids, she considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural world, urban and non-urban wildlife, the values we place on the lives of individual species and the ways in which man and creature live together in cities.... to move away was it identifiable as a squirrel which, with the halfalarmed, halffascinated look of a small child at a zoo, had ... The squirrels have all but gone from the garden now but their going has, I believe, nothing to do with the mild obstacle of the antisquirrel dome which succeeds in one purpose in that it appears to encourage many birds to the feeder that hangs ... I dona#39;t remember exactly when it was that I began to realise that tolerating and even feeding grey squirrels might beanbsp;...

Title:Field Notes From a Hidden City
Author:Esther Woolfson
Publisher:Granta Books - 2013-03-07


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