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