Derek Ratcliffe made his career in the Nature Conservancy, becoming Chief Scientist in 1973, a post he held until his retirement in 1989. He was widely recognised as one of the leading naturalists and conservationists in the UK, and was an active member of the New Naturalist editorial board. He died suddenly on May 23rd, 2005.
Galloway and the Borders (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 101)by Derek Ratcliffe
Another volume in the widely-read New Naturalist series, this book is an in-depth study of the natural developments and history of Galloway and surrounding areas.Often overlooked due to the reputation of natural habitat in other parts of the country, the author here conveys the diversity and magnificence of nature in the south of Scotland.Galloway and the borders is an extremely varied region, from saltmarshes and shingle beaches to rocky islands and seabird stations. The wide range of hills, displaying a wealth of rich colours, give the area its dominant character. The varied selection of flora and fauna only add to the diversity.
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