A Last Wild Place

A Last Wild Place

by Mike Tomkies


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A Last Wild Place by Mike Tomkies

Mike Tomkies gives a remarkable picture of the whole cycle of nature around him, in a harsh and testing environment of unrivalled beauty. Vivid colours and sounds fill these pages – exotic wild orchids, the roar of rutting stags, a pair of dragonflies mating, the flight of the redwing, the territorial movements of foxes, otters and badgers, an oak tree being torn apart by hurricane-force gales. Nothing seems to escape his penetrating eye, to which the selection of his photographs in this book – some revealing little-known aspects of animal behaviour – immediately testifies.

Yet Mike’s extraordinary insights into the wildlife that shared his otherwise empty territory of 300 square miles are not gained without perseverance in the face of perilous hazards. Every pound of supplies (including heavy gas canisters) has to be manhandled in and out of his boat, which once sank beneath him in a storm. Thousands of miles of rock faces and hillside must be trekked each year in summer and winter, the tussock grass concealing sodden peat holes that will break an ankle. Hours on end, day and night, are spent in cramped hides on windy, precipitous ledges.

A Last Wild Place is much more than the chronicle of a man who left city life in order to study the wilderness. It is a celebration of nature at its most rugged and spectacular in all Britain. Like the enormous ageing salmon he threw back because he felt he had no right to claim its life, Mike Tomkies reveals through his quest our urgent need to become retuned to natural rhythms if mankind is to regain a measure of health and sanity in a world bent on self-destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849953139
Publisher: Whittles Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,188,470
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Mike Tomkies was an acclaimed naturalist, writer and film-maker and lived for 35 years in remote and wild places in the Scottish Highlands, Canada and Spain. In 1988 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. His other books include Moobli, Alone in the Wilderness, Between Earth and Paradise, Out of the Wild, Golden Eagle Years, On Wing and Wild Water, My Wicked First Life, vol. I of his autobiography, Backwoods Mates to Hollywood’s Greats, vol. II of his autobiography, Wildcat Haven, Rare, Wild and Free and Running Wild.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jim Crumley vii

Part 1

1 Into the Wild 1

2 First Wildlife Adventures 9

Part 2

3 A Bird Table Theatre 14

4 Drama among the Birds 24

5 A Pup Called Moobli 31

Part 3

6 The Loch in Winter 35

7 The Loch Gull Colony 46

8 The Loch in Spring 55

9 The Loch in Summer 67

10 The Magnificent Divers 76

Part 4

11 The Woodland in Summer 83

12 The Woodlands in Autumn 92

13 The Woodlands in Winter 98

14 The Woodlands in Spring 108

15 The Red Squirrels 116

Part 5

16 The Mountains in Spring 123

17 The Mountains in Summer 133

18 The Mountains in Autumn 143

19 The Mountains in Winter 151

20 Winter of the Deer 159

Part 6

21 Renewal 173

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