Nature journal on the comings and goings
of life in the Wombat Forest
by local naturalist and writer Tanya Loos
> Includes beautifully illustrated six seasons wheel calendar in poster-size
> A beautiful book for those that love nature
The first Australians understood that this continent has more than four seasons.
Acutely observed, the Daylesford Nature Diary reintroduces the six seasons for Victoria’s southern foothill forests in all their splendour. It includes a full colour, beautifully illustrated wheel calendar by Anne Mason of wall poster size as a reference and guide (see below).
A Daylesford naturalist and local newspaper columnist, author Tanya Loos lovingly illuminates the world within and around a Wombat Forest bush block – from that mysterious bonking at the bottom of the garden to why there are suddenly so many green parrots in late summer. Part What Bird Is That?, part Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, the 36 tales of nature contained in the Daylesford Nature Diary are insightful in the knowledge they impart, while whimsical in tone.
Starting with early spring and heading round to winter, Tanya provides a series of sketches of the birds, plants and animals putting in an appearance each season. Not simply the rare and endangered, but those you might commonly expect to catch sight of from the back door.
Gently threading her way, Tanya instructs us on how the natural order of things is attuned to the rhythm of the six indigenous seasons. Life beats to their pulse.
“The remarkable Tanya Loos has identified key indicator species for seasonal changes and described them in delightful prose and engaging photographs. Who can resist the appeal of the puggle, an early spring baby echidna indicator?”
Alan Reid, OAM, environmental educator and author of
Banksias & Bilbies
From the Foreword of the nature diary
“Attractively produced and well-illustrated... the six seasons and their features are well-described. [The stories] are short and easy to read, covering all sorts of things an observant naturalist might come across: bats, wattles, ghost fungi, mosses, greenhoods, swifts, rosellas, echidnas, wood ducks and many more.”
Roger Thomas, Nature Notes, Ballarat Courier
See Reviews – also BirdLife Australia magazine
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Project management and editing: Gib Wettenhall
Book design: Mel Woolcock, The Changesmiths
Cover and illustrations: Anne Mason, Ennis Perry Creative
112 pages, full colour, plus wall poster (A2) Wombat Forest six season wheel calendar