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Now in the wild: My new Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing


Invasive non-native species of all kinds, be very afraid. Today’s the day when my new Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing officially gets let out to start kicking your ass in the wild.

Me? I’ll mostly be spending the day at Farlows in central London, hoping to sign a few copies and chat about invasive species with anyone who’ll allow me to bend their ear.

So far, everyone who’s read the book has been overwhelmingly complimentary (for instance, click these links to read Ian Welch’s reviews on and FishingMagic), and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed re-examining my own background thinking in this latest instalment of my Urbantrout Diaries series, even if some of the prognoses for our native species seem to be getting more alarming every day.

Even if you can’t make today’s event, please do pick up a copy from my publishers or your local bookshop, and let me know what you think via the comments section below this post. Invasive non-native species are known to be a gnarly subject, and all discussion of how to handle them has got to be a good thing!

Update: After a great launch day at Farlows, I’m thrilled to have been invited to do another signing session at the Sportfish Show tomorrow.

(Saturday only – there’s a Wandle Trust river cleanup to help run on Sunday! – so if you’re at Theale, look out for the bright yellow books and stop by to say hello)

(Photo: Duncan Soar)