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Nature good, humans bad?

Nature writing is still split between those who want to describe or preserve the earth

By Gwyneth Lewis   November 2008

It’s not at every conference that you get to go birding with your heroes. This summer, I found myself in Norfolk with a group of fellow “nature writers,” peering over corn fields at dusk, looking for cranes with Richard Mabey and Mark Cocker. They wrote many of the textbooks, including the famous Birds Britannica, that I have at home about flora and fauna. When they pronounced a bird to be a marsh harrier, there could be no doubt. Later that week, Mark used the eyes at the back of his head to spot one of the most elusive of marshland…

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