Contained within this book is a collection of essays, field notes, and diary excerpts from numerous naturalists relating to British country life in Spring and Summer. These fascinating and highly-readable articles will appeal to those with an interest in the British countryside and naturalism in general. Contents include: "Open-air Diary for April", "Open-air Diary for May", "Open-air Diary for June", "Open-air Diary for July", "Open-air Diary for August", "Open-air Diary for September", "Introduction", "In Praise of Rain", "The Otter's Holt", "The Flowers of Early Spring", "Some English Butterflies", "Birds as Architects", etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in a modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of Edward Thomas.