Just arrived - but not out until 2nd. April - Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore by Patrick Barkham.
Marking the 50th. anniversary of Project Neptune, the National Trust's campaign to protect and preserve the coastal heritage of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, "this is a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline: its rocks, plants and animals, views, walks and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves. As he travels along coastal paths, visits beaches and explores coves, Patrick Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage and weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast - from ancient conquests and smugglers' routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays - to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores.
Featuring beautiful accounts of national coastal treasures such as Scolt Head Island, the Undercliff of Lyme Regis, the Penwith Peninsula, the Llŷn Peninsula, Strangford Lough*, the Goodwin Sands and many more, this evocative and engaging book offers fresh perspective on what it means to live in a land that is 'more edge than middle' and confirms Patrick Barkham as one of the most eloquent writers on these isles."
I shall read this with great interest!