The fascinating story of Ireland's changing landscape begins over 11,000 years ago as the last Ice Age ended. Through a combination of authoritative text and photographs, this easily accessible book describes how the landscape of Ireland has been shaped. It tells the story of how natural forces as well as people influenced the landscape, its plants and animals, and traces the history of the wild places as well as the development of the farmed landscape. The photographs, many of which are of modern subjects, emphasise how the past Irish landscape continues to resonate today.
Valerie Hall has had a life-long interest in plants and the Irish landscape. Trained as a botanist before specializing in the history of the Irish environment, she has contributed to radio and television natural history programmes. After a lifetime of field observation and laboratory-based studies at Queen's University, Belfast, she is now Professor Emerita of Palaeoecology. She was joint author of Flora Hibernica (2001)