The final chapter of this massive study opens with a quotation from a work by the English antiquary Gilbert White
who, in 1789, noted in speaking of Nature "that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined" (p.
In the late eighteenth century, for example, an English country parson, Gilbert White
, made a record of what in his village of Selbourne he feared might be lost to industrial civilization.
And Martin Hughes-Games visits the Hampshire parish of Selborne to discover how 18th century vicar Gilbert White
became the very first Springwatcher.
This prestigious award is presented in honor of Jim Goddard and Gilbert White
, pioneers in the science and art of floodplain management.