The collection aims to reflect the emotional connection between poet and wildlife, focusing on an array of species including glow-worms, large marsh grasshoppers, oak trees and the destroying angel fungus. Notes and photographs accompany each poem to further aid the reader's understanding of the species and habitats mentioned. An index lists sites and species to allow to search poems and learn more about the places and wildlife which inspired them.


Author: Tim Gardiner
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 2015
Format and Pages: Paperback 120pp
ISBN: 9781908241344
Retail Price: £7.99
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Sample text from Wilderness

Insect Opposites


Many insects are all a buzz

Roesel’s fly at speed unknown to us,

Their colours are a fantastic blur

They cannot stop without a care.


Some insects never quicken their pace

Glow-worms struggle to hold a place,

If this sluggish army does not survive

We look forward to a future sadly deprived.


Nature is like a changing mood           

A slow bug is a quick one’s food,

Bipolar in an untamed sense

Insects are nature’s evidence.


One Hundred Years

It’s hard to accept our fragility

But one day we will all be dust,

No obsessive love anymore or lust

Faded insects forgotten for eternity?


But somehow, just somehow

The woods and meadows will survive,

With new insect life following old

Amid the decaying slime mould.


Perhaps our futile conservation efforts

Mean our unfortunate descendants,

Will not be too harsh or vitriolic

For at least we tried, we strived.


One hundred years from now

Will anyone read our faded books?

Or will they pathologically burn them?

Without even taking a cursory look.


But mortality unites us all

For we must all slowly die,

Summer is followed by the fall

For our short existence others cry.


Like insects on borrowed moments

Every single day must count

Never ever give up

Or let the fire within relent.


Ash to Ashes

Spores rain down from the heavens

Woods beware the insidious fungal invaders

The battle lines are drawn by the river

Shall we lose the companion of the Alder?

The funeral of this woodland treasure

Adds another woe to our selfish misery

For the sombre grey bark

And spear-like leaves will be missed

Not to mention the blackest of terminal buds

Branches mournfully swaying in the breeze

Deadened now by the Chalara sleaze

Woods across the land degraded

Ash to ashes, Fraxinus in excelsis

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Reviews and readers' comments

A poetic melancholy of lost love pervades this excellent book of natural history poems, which captures the author's fascination with wildlife and his anger at man's destructive influence on the lives of the inhabitants of our countryside. Butterflies and glow-worms, crickets and grasshoppers, caddisflies and mayflies populate this invertebrate utopia amongst the pages of this book as well as birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians not to mention plants and fungi. This book describes the experiences of a naturalist during a difficult time of his life shared in these emotional poens about human love and the natural world. -- Tony Boniface, Country-Side ^ Top of Page ^

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