Inspired by a traditional Japanese calendar which divides the year into segments of four to five days, Nature's Calendar guides you through a year of 72 seasons as they manifest in the British Isles.
From 'Snowdrops emerge' in the first days of January to 'Tree skeletons and sky' at the close of the year, each fleeting season is epitomized by some natural phenomenon, be it a plant coming into bud, a burst of birdsong, or a cobweb spangled by dew. Drawing on folklore and tradition, herbal medicine and natural history, this is a book to give, to treasure, to dip into, and to inspire your own regular acts of noticing nature as it flourishes and fades and rises again, through the seasons.
The authors of this book met by chance on Twitter, and together launched Noticing Nature: the British microseason project on which this book is based. Kiera Chapman is a political ecologist and nature writer. Rowan Jaines is a lecturer in human environmental geography at the University of Sheffield. Lulah Ellender is an author (Grounding and Elisabeth's Lists) and book coach. Rebecca Warren is an historian and illustrator.
"A gorgeous guide to the year, one that will deepen readers' relationships with the seasons"
– Melissa Harrison
"The magic of Nature's Calendar lies in the simplicity of its premise: break the year into smaller parts, and see what happens to our noticing. What follows is a striking collection of essays by writers and keen observers of the natural world; an invitation to get involved; and a celebration of what is fleeting"
– Helen Jukes