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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 28.3 February 2017

Ghosts in a Beechwood

By - Richard Fortey

This May sees the paperback release of Richard Fortey’s 2016 book The Wood for the Trees. Here, Richard introduces the origins of his book and provides us with an edited excerpt from it, focusing on two rather mysterious plant species.

In July 2011, my wife and I bought four acres of Beech-and-Bluebell woodland in the Chiltern Hills. I had spent my working life at The Natural History Museum, researching ancient fossil trilobites. A career behind the scenes at a great museum was a privilege, but it left the naturalist I had always been undernourished.

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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