The perfect gift and essential reading for anyone who spends time on Britain’s coast, giving an understanding of why it is like it is and how it is sustained.

Coastwise examines the coastline of the British Isles as a dynamic environment and offers an understandable explanation of how it functions as a single entity. There are hundreds of stunning photos and illustrations.

The book begins by exploring how the forces of nature combine to create the coast’s physical features (and continue to do so). This is a multifaceted story that involves ancient geology and powerful ocean forces.

It then turns to the living nature of the coast, covering the unique plants, animals and other organisms whose interdependence keeps the coast alive and healthy.

Part 3 looks at how humans have interacted with the coast, using it for defence, commerce and leisure from the earliest times to the present day.

The final section shows, for each coastal region (Northern Ireland included), where features discussed in the book can be observed and enjoyed, giving you a practical way of exploring these elements wherever you are on the coast.

As Countryfile presenter, Tom Heap, says in his Foreword: “These pages are a practical love letter to Britain’s waterfront.”

Published by Fernhurst Books on 2nd November 2021 as a hardback and eBook, Coastwise is available to buy from all good bookshops and websites.