Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding ways to make nature more visible is a wonderful book by Simon Barnes with lovely illustrations by Cindy Lee Wright. Published by Simon & Schuster UK – ISBN: 978-1-4711-7542-8 – at a cost of £8.99 (p.back). You should read it.
As is the fashion, each chapter is introduced with a brief quote. Joyce, Shakespeare, Kipling, and Tolkien all feature, but it's CS Lewis and JK Rowling who dominate. This is no accident as it aligns with the “spellbinding" in the title, and the magic theme that runs through the book and the chapter titles. Barnes’ point is that nature is there ready to be revealed if only we’re able to look. He says that there are lots of tricks to this: “Once you know the spells, the wild world starts to appear before you. … Now you don’t see it. Now you do.”
“… in Rewild Yourself, Simon Barnes provides 23 wondeerful tips to bring wild creatures you thought forever beyond your scope right into the middle of your own world. With a few new techniques, a little new equipment and above all a new way of thinking, birds hidden in the treetops will shed the cloak of anonymity, butterflies you never noticed will bring joy to every summer day and creatures of the darkness will enter the light of your consciousness.”