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Matthew Oates, National Trust

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Through a naturalist’s eyes

By - Robert Burton

"Occasionally, when I am weeding or otherwise occupied with my face close to the ground, I disturb an animal whose eight legs are absurdly long for the tiny body slung between them.It is a harvestman, an animal so flimsy that it is a miracle it does not fall apart. As long ago as 1658, Robert Hooke remarked that 'an hundred and fifty times the strength of a man would not keep the body from falling on the breast' (if his legs were of similar proportional length to a harvestman's)."

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist