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"A Country Diary for North Wales" by Jan Miller




(1.)January 2006

"I really did enjoy it and see it in the tradition of naturalist writing that helps keep people both informed and passionate about places and wildlife."


Sir Jonathon Porritt OBE, Forum for the Future


(2) March 2006

A Country Diary for North Wales

Jan Miller  2005. Matador ISBN 1-90523-735-9.

Paperback. Price 7.95


“This delightful and charismatic little book is a compilation of Butterfly Conservation North Wales Branch volunteer Jan Miller’s column in the Denbighshire Free Press, but this is more than a parochial book.

Choice quotations are scattered through the text, from DH Lawrence to John Cooper Clarke, while the authors own observations range from Dutch windmills to global warming.

There’s some lovely humour, too. Of hedge-laying she notes that sharp tools and unswerving confidence are the basic requirements for success, adding that the same could probably be said of most things in life. And the tale of her phone call to the Countryside Council for Wales to report a dead polecat had me laughing out loud  best to let you read that one yourself. Newts and woodlice, bumblebees and badgers all amble through this entertaining and articulate book, but its the butterflies and moths that are the heroes, many illustrated by the late Alan Wagstaff, to whom the book is dedicated.

All in all, whether or not you’re familiar with North Wales, this is a lovely piece of nature writing that you’ll thoroughly enjoy.”


Malcolm Tait



Think Publishing

The Pall Mall Deposit

124-128 Barlby Road

London W10 6BL

020 8962 3020


(3)April 2006

North Wales is a large patch, and Jan Miller stretches her canvas wide by introducing current affairs, literature, local history, folklore and anything else that takes her fancy into her diary. The author’s warm and curious personality comes to the fore, as does her enthusiasm for the delights of her home territory.


With its chatty style, this is an easy read. For me what marks it out is the author’s insatiable appetite for involving others in the pleasures of contact with, and working for wildlife.

The diary is full of addresses and contact details, pointers to local activities and events, and other suggestions about what to look out for. There is plenty of material here to feed an interest in the natural world. Highly recommended.”


James Robertson, editor,

Natur Cymru,

Bangor LL57 2DW




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