>The Good, the Bad, the Ugly : Reviewed by You
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The New Nature by Tim Low
As I write I can look out my window at the “New Nature” in action.
Pied Currawongs compete with Crimson Rosellas for the seed in the birdfeeder. Both birds have benefitted from the arrival of Europeans here over two centuries ago, both proliferating for different reasons.
The rosellas benefit because of their percieved beauty; it’s why we feed them.
The currawongs benefit because of their predatory and omnivorous nature, thriving on our scraps and the misguided kindness of the people who feed them.
Tim Low has written a book which has changed the way I personally percieve wilderness and nature, a book, as it says on the back cover, that is “meticulously researched, accessible and entertaining”.
I found it a fascinating read with the pragmatic interpretation of the effects that humanity has had on the “balance of nature”.
Of special interest are his thoughts on the unfriendly nature garden, how our sewage supports whole ecosystems and species, why weeds can be important adn why native animals are not always good, and also questions our concepts of wilderness.
Anyone interested in the natural world, animal liberation, native gardens, wildlife sustainability and the domino effect we have on the environment should read this book.
I found parts of it challenging and it should be read with an open mind.
Tim Low has written many books and articles on bush tucker, native medicine and wildlife.
I highly recommend this book.