Much ado about Mothing  -  James Lowen

A year intoxicated by Britain’s rare and remarkable moths.
Moths are routinely slandered as all being clothes-munching, plant-destroying pests. Through his narration of an intoxicating, year-long quest to celebrate Britain’s rarest and most remarkable moths, award-winning author James Lowen challenges our preconceptions and resets our understanding.

Travelling the length and breadth of Britain, from Cornwall to the Cairngorms, Lowen recounts a year spent hiking up mountains, wading through marshes and roaming by night amid ancient woodlands. Seeking to understand why moth-ers and many ordinary folk love what the general public purports to hate, he discovers that Britain’s moths divulge enchanting tales, from migratory feats to mastery of camouflage, and from missives about the state of the planet to their potential service in addressing the global plastics problem. James’s book, Much Ado About Mothing, is published by Bloomsbury in May.

James Lowen is a Norfolk-based author and naturalist. His 12 books include two that have won Travel Guidebook of the year awards, and his two new books out this summer both celebrate Britain's moths. He has monthly columns in Bird Watching and The Countryman magazines, and writes regularly for BirdLife, Nature's Home, BBC Wildlife and The Telegraph. He is a regular on the talks circuit, being described as a 'natural raconteur' by the British Birdwatching Fair and a 'wildlife polymath' by Bird Watching magazine. He has spent six years in South and Central America, and edits the Neotropical Bird Club's magazine.



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