Cumbrian Contrasts: A vision of countryside


This is nature writer Jan Wiltshire’s second book, following the highly successful About Scout Scar. Beautifully produced in large format with full colour throughout, this great read is a useful guide for the millions who love Cumbria and the Lakes.


Cumbrian Contrasts celebrates the wonder of one of the most beautiful, diverse and precious parts of the British Isles. From the source of rivers high in the fells, through moorland solitudes to the urban fringe, and down to estuaries and the coast, the author paints a vivid portrait of a landscape and its wildlife.

Words and images come together as a story which reveals the magic of the natural world. There are fossils, butterflies and flora at Smardale. Eider duck breed on Walney Island with its shingle flora, and natterjack toads mate on the Duddon Estuary. Skylark soar in song flight over Whitbarrow and there are dark green fritillary butterflies and frog orchid on Scout Scar. There’s always something new to discover.

This is writing that really makes you feel as if you are there, experiencing the beautiful, strange and rare in varied habitats. If you love the countryside and enjoy books that inspire, inform and entertain, then Cumbrian Contrasts will delight.

For more information please see author Jan Wiltshire’s own website here.

  • Author: Jan Wiltshire
  • ISBN: 978 1 910837 03 0
  • Binding: paperback
  • Pages: 104
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 189mm
  • Illustrations: 110, all colour
  • Publication date: 15 February 2016

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