The Ancient Pinewoods of ScotlandÂ byÂ Clifton Bain – Reviewed by Don Currie
The muted tones on the elegant cover give no hint of the vividness to be found within this very informative, bang-up-to-date guide. A rusted, wheel-less bicycle leaning against a juniper bush; a perfect disc of water within a broad circle of reeds, itself surrounded by heather; a recently painted red footbridge. But it’s the pines themselves that are the stars of the show, and it’s good to read what Clifton Bain calls “one of the great success stories in nature conservation”. There’s a great picture of a tiny Scots pine seedling that could be picked with finger and thumb â€“ and, at the other end of the life-cycle, some fine shots of bleached stumps, thousands of years old, among the heather.
Rating: 5 / 5
Sandstone Press,Â RRPÂ Â£24.99