At the Water's Edge: A Personal Quest for Wildness

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Canongate, 2010 - Literary Collections - 309 pages
"For the last thirty years John Lister-Kaye, one of Britain's best-known nature writers, has taken the same circular walk from his home deep in a Scottish glen up to a small hill loch. Each day brings a new observation or an unexpected encounter - a fragile spider's web, an osprey struggling to lift a trout from the water or a woodcock exquisitely camouflaged on her nest - and every day, on his return home, he records his thoughts in a journal. Drawing on this lifetime of close observation, John Lister-Kaye's new book encourages us to look again at the nature around us and to discover its wildness for ourselves. It also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, to weaselsand perfume and to the over-population of our planet. At the Water's Edge is a lyrical hymn to the wildlife of Britain, and a powerful warning to respect and protect it."--Publisher's description.

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About the author (2010)

Naturalist and conservationist John Lister-Kaye is the author of eight books on wildlife and the environment, including Song of the Rolling Earth. He has served prominently in the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In 2003 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to nature conservation. He runs the Aigas Field Centre in Scotland.

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