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

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A captivating exploration of the natural world by a respected nature writer draws delightfully unexpected connections and encourages readers to rediscover natural surroundings for themselves
 
For the last 30 years nature writer John Lister-Kaye has taken the same circular walk from his home deep in a Scottish glen up to a small lake. Each day brings a new observation or an unexpected encounter—a fragile spider’s web, an osprey ...

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Overview

A captivating exploration of the natural world by a respected nature writer draws delightfully unexpected connections and encourages readers to rediscover natural surroundings for themselves
 
For the last 30 years nature writer John Lister-Kaye has taken the same circular walk from his home deep in a Scottish glen up to a small lake. 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 encourages a second look at nature and discovery of its wildness. He also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, weasels, and the overpopulation of the planet. At the Water’s Edge is a lyrical hymn to wildlife and a powerful warning to respect and protect it.

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"An environmental classic to stand alongside Leopold's Sand County Almanac."  —Spectator on Song of the Rolling Earth
Publishers Weekly
For 30 years, British naturalist ListerKaye (Nature's Child) has taken the same walk every day from his home in the Scottish Highlands to a nearby loch. In these "rekindled" observations from his field diary, he records the life humming on the "uncompromising" crags; he waxes on the beauty of peregrine falcons roosting on rock ledges, the happy clamor of osprey and otters feasting on trout, the poetry of photosynthesis, and as the seasons turn, he records the new litters, the migrations, and decay. If Lister-Kaye shifts his focus from the Highlands--to marvel at how tropical birds and flowers have evolved together, with "orchids mimicking butterflies and spiders," or sea algae's dependence on chemosynthesis--it's only to return ineluctably to his glen and its particular place in the world. This lyrical and precisely observed book (think Annie Dillard's A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) is an ode to the wonder of nature, "its sublime design and grim function," the miracle of interspecies friendships, and a cri de coeur to find the political will for conservation. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847674050
  • Publisher: Canongate UK
  • Publication date: 3/9/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,455,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Lie of the Land 9

2 Spring at Last 21

3 Dreams in a Jar 31

4 King of the Castle 49

5 Dawn 67

6 Energy and the Big Deal 93

7 Wild 111

8 The Claim 145

9 Summer's Green Stain 163

10 Pine Martens 175

11 An Explosion of Flowers 185

12 The Autumn Stalk 201

13 Iceland and the Whoopers 229

14 The Goshawk 243

15 Pop Goes the Weasel 255

16 Winter 271

Postscript 289

References, Further Reading and Bibliography 303

Thanks and Acknowledgements 307

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    Storm to Alpha

    She walks in and hopes she can join.((already got bio.))

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