Nature and exploration writing has always had a place on our shelves. Our place on the high street has coincided with an excellent spell for the genre, with the likes of Robert MacFarlane, Kathleen Jamie, Tim Dee and Mark Cocker all fusing reflections on the natural world with thoughtful stock-taking of their own psychic landscapes. Sometimes, re-connection with a particular species or landscape is seen as a way forward for coming to terms with a personal loss or mental trauma. At it's best, this tradition is neither pat nor contrived, but heartfelt and genuine. The history of those who came before to shape the land or champion it's wildlife may be invoked. Many titles do dwell on the rapid decline in species, through ultra efficient farming practices and creeping urbanisation, though often practical blueprints, or successful re-wilding experiments are documented. Yes, the publishing trend might soon risk becoming formulaic, but for now, this reserve of writing is rich in fine variety.