Do you remember those little brown books? Hard backs with shiny slip covers, or perhaps the slip covers came later. I remember the soft suede feel of the boards. Dainty pastel roundels of our woodland friends.
Nidderdale and swallowtail laundry maid hedgehog in a bonnet. Running down the green swathe. Rabbits in waistcoats with tall pointed ears. Defiant against the landlord.
And bold red Nutkin with the fluffy tail. Memories of a fifties childhood. Arcane springboard for a lifetime passion for our small wild neighbours who share this shrinking Earth