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I am so excited to write this book review because I just adored this book. I want to share it with as many people as possible! It usually takes me a long time to read non-fiction books, but I really got into Meetings With Moths. Since I finished reading it, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book.
Recently, I have been experimenting with writing different blog post topics. I love reading and wanted to try and incorporate it with nature and sustainability because that is primarily what my blog is about. I think that I will write some other non-nature book blog posts because I really enjoy it. Also, I recently went interrailing and want to share it but I’m not sure what I will write about just yet haha. So, expect a variety of content coming up.
Onto the book review of Meetings With Moths by Katty Baird.
About the book
Mossy greens, conker browns, cream, chocolate and deepest black; add stripes, swirls and splotches and you have some of the most striking wildlife Britain has to offer. In Meetings with Moths ecologist Katty Baird roams Scotland seeking out, documenting and observing moths. Green Longhorns, Pimpinel Pugs and Peacock Moths are just some of the species that catch her attention as she climbs into holes, ventures behind waterfalls and wanders forests with her boundless curiosity. But you needn’t travel far and wide to see beautiful moths. Katty shows that you can easily enjoy discovering moths and caterpillars without specialist knowledge by creating your own light trap or simply looking more closely at your immediate landscape. Meetings with Moths is a story about green health and the power of a passion to sustain us.
Discovering Meetings With Moths
I found this book in the environment & conservation section of Borrow Box. Meetings With Moths was published on the 27th of April, so only a few months ago. Normally books stay on my TBR list for a long time before I end up reading it. But I am about to start my masters course in Applied Ecology and I’m hoping to widen my knowledge in preparation for it. Since February, I have been going to a few moth trap sessions. So when I saw the book, I borrowed the book from the library straight away. I downloaded it on my iPad ready for my holiday where there was no wifi.
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Reading the book
To be totally honest, as much as I love reading nature books, I find it a bit challenging. I am so so interested in all things animals and conservation, but I want to learn and remember it all. It makes reading these books a bit harder because I put so much pressure on myself to remember. Since there was no wifi on holiday, I had lots of time to just read and avoid distraction. I had previously read Swan by Dan Keel, and loved it, so I was on a good nature book run.
Structure of the book
One thing about non-fiction books that I struggle with, is the length of the chapters. I much prefer a book with chapters that aren’t too long. I found that with Meetings With Moths, the length of the chapter was a good amount. It gives a great overview, and left me wanting to research more into each species of moth Baird mentioned.
I was expecting for each chapter to be a different species, as it sometimes is in other nature books. As much as I do like that, it was nice for Baird to not follow that. For example, there was a chapter on the caterpillars, who are often forgotten when it comes to moths and butterflies! They are such a pivotal point in the creation of moths and butterflies, so I found that very interesting. There was also a chapter on citizen science and the importance of the public in determining the population numbers. For example, where there is the Big Garden Birdwatch and Big Butterfly Count.
I think part of the reason why I enjoyed this book so much was because it felt like listening to a friend. I related to her a lot, though at the moment it’s butterflies for me. The way she popped down to see some moths on her bike, that is exactly what I want to be able to do! Going to an old building to find a specific moth and discovering a colony. Meeting with more experienced ‘moth’ers and learning from them, taking on their techniques. It was really nice to read about the mothing community.
As I mentioned earlier, when I read non-fiction, I just want to soak all the information in. I remembered a lot more than I thought I would. It has given me a new-found need to get out in the field and find moths, read more moth specific books and just learn. During reading it, I was on holiday with my parents and kept telling them all about how amazing moths were. I managed to see a hawkmoth in France, the Broad-bordered bee hawk-moth (below) which was so exciting.
5 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I definitely recommend this book, it is really good if you don’t know much about moths as it gives a great overview. There is a section at the end (and Baird writes throughout) about what you can do to help.
I am so glad that I started reading this book, as I became so invested in what Baird was writing about. Now that I have read it, I am hoping to buy a copy so I can go back through.
Have you read Meetings With Moths?