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Wild Neighbours

by Sarah Cheesbrough

Gift Books Star Books The Real World

LoveReading View on Wild Neighbours

Taking us through the seasons, and covering eighty species, Sarah Cheesbrough’s Wild Neighbours is a lovingly-curated collection of photographs that lays bare London’s often overlooked wildlife wonders. As such, it will surely inspire city-dwellers to explore urban environments with fresh eyes. What’s more, alongside its inspirational exhibition of natural beauty, the book is driven by an ethos of conservation, and a belief that even in the most urban areas we can “be good neighbours” to wildlife. Having spent hundreds of hours in the field, and walked as many miles, Cheesbrough’s photographs attest the sense of well-being that can come from observing wildlife. In her words, “I’m regularly awestruck at the generosity of the natural world to offer up gifts of connection, sweetness, beauty, hope, non-judgement and peace.

Here we encounter the majestic elegance of red deer as they bathe, graze and rest. Foraging hedgehogs hidden in spiky grass. Squirrels scampering and digging. Fleet-footed foxes, and dozens of insects, among them bees, butterflies, ladybirds and caterpillars. The avian images are stunning too, from the cheering tropical vibrance of ring-necked parakeets, and red-breasted robins dazzling against snowy backdrops, to piercing-eyed peregrine falcons, mallards, moorhens and everyday pigeons. The final photo is a dream of a shot that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the book, and the wondrous unpredictability of nature as we see a huge, stately deer springing from river to waterside behind an unsuspecting pair of city joggers.

 

What a glorious pictorial pick-me-up this is - a reminder that wild magic is all around, if only we open our eyes to it.

Joanne Owen

Wild Neighbours Synopsis

Take four seasons, one photographer, eighty species, hundreds of miles on foot in a city of ten million people and through intimate and captivating portraits meet London's wild neighbours. London is not just a city of ten million people, it is also home to an extraordinary diversity of beautiful wildlife. With world population exploding and more and more countryside being lost to urban sprawl or commercial agriculture, the sharing of urban space with nature is more important than ever. To achieve this, we have to preserve and increase the green and blue spaces in our cities and see and love the wildlife that we already have. Since London is my city, I set out to observe and create photographic portraits of all the creatures I could find. Whilst this has taken many hundreds of hours, it has been the happiest time imaginable as I immersed myself in the sweetness and delight of my wild neighbours. London is not just a city of ten million people, it is also home to an extraordinary diversity of beautiful wildlife. With world population exploding and more and more countryside being lost to urban sprawl or commercial agriculture, the sharing of urban space with nature is more important than ever. To achieve this, we have to preserve and increase the green and blue spaces in our cities and see and love the wildlife that we already have. Since London is my city, I set out to observe and create photographic portraits of all the creatures I could find. Whilst this has taken many hundreds of hours, it has been the happiest time imaginable as I immersed myself in the sweetness and delight of my wild neighbours.

Wild Neighbours Press Reviews

Cheesbrough's stunning portraits of London wildlife are a joy to behold. They're also a timely reminder of how much we have to gain from being more generous with our urban spaces, how allowing nature into our own backyards not only addresses the desperate questions of biodiversity loss but is balm for the soul. --Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

Outdoor Photography Magazine

From the mighty stags of Richmond Park to the smallest beetle in a back garden, Cheesbrough's evocative photographs will make your heart soar with the magic and wonder of nature and hope for the future. --Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, founder, SFW Communications

Outdoor Photography Magazine

I read this book with envy at the author's ability to share peace and tranquillity with the wilderness around her, allowing the wild creatures to feel safe enough to come as close to her as you can see in her amazing images. --

Outdoor Photography Magazine

Stunning images of animals. . . . Aan incredible array of natural beauty in our country. --

The Lady (UK)

These pictures are glorious. I cannot recommend this book more highly. --

The Carrie and David Grant Show, BBC Radio London

This magnificent book offers a surprising new angle on London. --

Daily Mail (UK)

There is ever increasing evidence that proximity to nature is highly effective in combating a wide range of mental and physical health issues. Wild Neighbours should be a compulsory prescription for all Londoners in these challenging times--not just a visual tonic, but a constant reminder of the extraordinary wealth of flora and fauna at our doorstep. --Mark Adlington, author of Painting the Ice Bear

Outdoor Photography Magazine

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ISBN: 9781912690794
Publication date: 28/03/2020
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912690794
Publication date: 28th March 2020
Author: Sarah Cheesbrough
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: Gift Books, Star Books, The Real World,
Categories: Wildlife: general interest, Photography & photographs,

About Sarah Cheesbrough

Sarah Cheesbrough is is an innovator at her core. Growing up in London and Birmingham, she swam for England, read International Studies at university, modelled in London, Paris and Tokyo, and worked as an advertising executive at J. Walter Thompson before striking out on her own path as a self-taught freelance photographer. Her curiosity for the world and the ways in which people, wildlife and cultures interact has been nurtured by regular photographic commissions from airline magazines and tourist boards. In recent years Sarah has focused on projects that are close to her heart. Her 2012 book, In Buddha's Garden, featured ...

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