Oliver Rackham died last week. Rackham was an academic at Cambridge University (Corpus Christi) whose work helped us understand the countryside and in particular ancient woodlands.
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I first met Oliver Rackham in 1986 on one of his legendary Field Studies Council courses based at Flatford Mill in Suffolk. We spent the week visiting numerous ancient woodlands where Rackham explained the clues to their history lurking in the undergrowth.
Here is a selection of the books he wrote – all are classics. If you haven’t read any Rackham before I suggest you start with The History of the Countryside. A few months ago I wrote a short review of his last book – The Ash Tree.
Rackham was a formidable academic and a huge figure in the British nature conservation movement – he will be sorely missed by many of us