Shaping Landscape

Sustainable Management at Cors Caron

From Planet 245

by Mary-Ann Constantine

Mary-Ann Constantine interviews farmer and conservationist Owen Williams about a new project to enhance Ceredigion wetland ecology, and the ethics of biodiversity and shooting. Drawing on the poetry of John Clare and Isgarn she reflects more widely on shaping landscape and environmental crisis.

    Emmonsails Heath in Winter

    I love to see the old heaths withered brake
    Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling
    While the old heron from the lonely lake
    Starts slow and flaps his melancholly wing
    And oddling crow in idle motion swing
    On the half-rotten ash trees topmost twig
    Beside whose trunk the gipsey makes his bed
    Up flies the bouncing woodcock from the brig
    Where a black quagmire quakes beneath the tread
    The field fare chatter in the whistling thorn
    And for the awe round fields and closen rove
    And coy bumbarrels twenty in a drove
    Flit down the hedge rows in the frozen plain
    And hang on little twigs and start again

    John Clare (1793-1864)

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About the author

Mary-Ann Constantine’s academic work explores the cultural history of Romantic-era Wales. She has also published two collections of short stories and a novel (Star-Shot, 2015).