Linescapes of Britain
Wednesday 5th April 2017 (7:30pm AGM) followed by the talk at 7:45pm
Speaker: Hugh Warwick
For our last KWACS talk of the season, we are welcoming back Hugh Warwick – for the third time. Hugh is the well known hedgehog man and author of The Prickly Affair and The Beauty in the Beast. This time we will be guinea pigs for his talk on his next book, Linescapes, being published by Penguin Books on May 4th.
Penguin describe Linescapes as follows: “It is rare to find a landscape untouched by our lines – the hedges, walls, ditches and dykes built to enclose and separate; and the green lanes, roads, canals, railways and power lines, designed to connect. This vast network of lines has transformed our landscape. In Linescapes, Hugh Warwick unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of the lines we have drawn: as our lives and our land were being fenced in and threaded together, so wildlife habitats have been cut into ever smaller, and increasingly unviable, fragments. He has travelled across the country to explore this linescape from the perspective of our wildlife and to understand how, with a manifesto for reconnection, we can help our flora and fauna to flourish. Linescapes offers a fresh and bracing perspective on Britain’s countryside, one that proposes a challenge and gives ground for hope; for while nature does not tend to straight lines and discrete borders, our lines can and do contain a real potential for wildness and for wildlife.” That all said, I suspect we may hear an occasional mention of hedgehogs too!
Hugh is an extremely entertaining speaker so we encourage you to come. We meet at the Church at the earlier time of 7.30pm to allow for our AGM. Hugh will speak from 7.45pm. Also if anyone is interested in joining Hugh and some of the KWACS committee before the talk for a tour of Kirtlington Hedgehog Street followed by a quick pub supper, please do let Chris Powles know (firstname.lastname@example.org or on 350 995).