Michaels Peace: crazy man Michael? | Nature Notes from Dorset

The name "Michael's Peace" intrigued me before visiting this reserve. I had (and still have) no idea how the name came about but I imagined a quiet spot, miles from anywhere where someone called Michael would go on his day off to enjoy nature, perhaps even do a bit of fishing. Perhaps he had a tormented mind? Indeed, as a great fan of Fairport Convention in my younger days, I was left to wonder whether there was any connection to "Crazy Man Michael" 
"Michael he whistles the simplest of tunes and asks the wild woods for their pardon; for his true love is flown into every flower grown and he must be keeper of the garden."
Having now visited the reserve I can confirm that much of that is true; I am not sure about the Fairport connection!

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