Wild Woods


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Richard Nairn has spent a lifetime studying – and learning from – nature. When an opportunity arose for him to buy a small woodland filled with mature native trees beside a fast-flowing river, he set about understanding all its moods and seasons, discovering its wildlife secrets and learning how to manage it properly.

Wildwoods is a fascinating account of his journey over a typical year. Along the way, he uncovers the ancient roles of trees in Irish life, he examines lost skills such as coppicing and he explores new uses of woodlands for forest schools, foraging and rewilding. Ultimately, Wildwoods inspires all of us to pay attention to what nature can teach us.


‘A book to inspire anyone who wants Ireland to grow more Irish trees.’ Michael Viney

‘A welcome portal into a nearly lost habitat’ Catherine Cleary, Irish Times Weekend Review

‘Fascinating’ Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ

‘Nairn has a good style of writing that comfortably combines the conversational with the educational. Within a few pages, I felt myself drawn into the natural world he describes.’ Tony Canavan, Books Ireland


Richard Nairn is an ecologist and writer who has spent a lifetime studying nature. He is an advocate of nature conservation and lectures regularly. During his career he has worked as a nature reserve warden and was the first Director of BirdWatch Ireland. He is a scientific advisor to Woodlands of Ireland and the author of numerous books.