At the Water's Edge: A Walk in the Wild

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Canongate Books, Feb 25, 2010 - Nature - 320 pages
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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 a 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 of subjects: photosynthesis and the energy cycle, Norse mythology, weasels and perfume, and 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.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
The Lie of the Land
9
2
21
3
31
4
49
5
67
Energy and the Big Deal
93
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229
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271
Postscript
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Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Britain's best-known naturalists and conservationists. He is the author of eight books on wildlife and the environment and has lectured widely on three continents. He has served prominently in the RSPB, the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to nature conservation. He has a passion for wilderness and deserts and has travelled widely, from the pack-ice of the Barents Sea to the Kalahari and the scorching heat of the Chalbi desert. He lives with his wife and family among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, where he runs the world-famous Aigas Field Centre.

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