Stopping by Woods
A Guide to the Forests and Woodlands of Ireland
By: Donal Magner
‘For those of you who are fond of walking and those of you who like getting into the woods and the forests deeper and deeper, this is the book for you. The feeling you get when reading it, is that you want to get out to those woods immediately and walk down their forest tracks.’ – Gay Byrne, RTE Lyric FM
Stopping by Woods is a fascinating guide to 340 forests and woodlands open to the public throughout Ireland. Donal Magner writes with a rare insight about forests he has worked in and visited over the years as a forester and journalist.The book is the first of its kind ever produced in Ireland and Europe, it is packed with information not only about forests and tree species, but their associated flora and fauna, history and heritage.
The book features all the forests featured in the State’s open forest policy now enshrined by Coillte, the Forest Service Northern Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. In his six-year journey the author has explored all our native and naturalized woodlands, and the State forests established since the beginning of the last century. Stopping by Woods is a celebration and record of this remarkable civic amenity.
This book will provide readers including students, specialist groups, historians and the general public with a deep understanding of Irish forests and their heritage. It is a book for our times, for people who care about our tree culture and about sustainable development.
Michael Viney from the Irish Times speaks about the book here