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

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

by John Lister-Kaye


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For the last thirty years John Lister-Kaye 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 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, At The Water's Edge encourages us to look again at the nature around us, to discover its wildness for ourselves and to respect and protect it.

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ISBN-13: 9781847674050
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 03/09/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Britain's best-known naturalists and conservationists and the author of eight books on wildlife and the environment. 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 lives with his wife and family among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, where he runs the world-famous Aigas Field Centre.

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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