Running Wild

Running Wild

by Mike Tomkies

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Within days of arriving back from five years of studying bears, wolves and lynxes in Spain, he is up a wild cliff in Cornwall watching three peregrine falcon chicks from hatching to flying stage. We can follow his astounding adventures over the next ten years as he obsessively searches all through Britain for that elusive ‘small wild paradise’ so many of us would also like to find. He lives in, but finally loses, no less than six new homes in that time and the complications and reasons why are both hilarious and sad. Even more fascinating is his continual obsessive quest to get up close and personal with nesting goshawks, buzzards and ospreys, as well as mammals like fishing otters, a fox family and he even feeds wild badgers by hand. At one remote farmhouse in the Borders, he learns how to handle a bulldozer, digs out his own 70-yard lake and stocks it with trout. Over three years there he raises ten barn owl chicks and establishes three breeding pairs in areas where they had long been absent. It was the most successful barn owl release at the time. There are many amusing anecdotes such as when he dreaded taking some of Prince Harry’s classmates to ‘otter bay’ and then saw far more otters than when he had gone there on his own! Transcending all are his new studies and descriptions of hunting and nesting golden eagles, during which he passed his 3,050th hour in one of his home-made ‘invisible’ hides, and a huge female allowed him to bring much-needed meat to her chicks in their eyrie. The book ends with triumphant filming of the magnificent white-tailed sea eagles on Mull, hunting and sailing into their high nest with prey and feeding their chicks. Mike also achieved valuable publicity for the pioneering public sea eagle hide project on Mull.

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ISBN-13: 9781849952460
Publisher: Whittles Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 12 MB
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Table of Contents

1 From Spain to Falcons 1

2 In the Falcons' Lair 6

3 Flying to Wild Heritage 11

4 Running Wild-to Otters, Sea Eagles and Ospreys 17

5 Wildlife on the Run 25

6 A Wild Paradise Found 34

7 Into Old Age with Eagles 42

8 Rearing Young Eagles and Goshawks 45

9 Disaster below the Eagles' Cliff 52

10 My Barn Owl Family 59

11 Best Ever Barn Owl Release 66

12 Otters and an Eagle Birthday 74

13 At Home with Eagles 79

14 A Team of Eagles and Drama at the Nest 87

15 A Hospital Nightmare but Making the Eagle Movie 94

16 Hand Feeding Badgers, a Hunting Wildcat and a visit to Eagle Island 103

17 A Move to Sussex but at the Eyries Again 110

18 Ace Gardening, Peregrines and a Ghostly End to Biking 118

19 Best Ever Eagle Birthday 125

20 Tragedy at an Eyrie, Otter Haven and Farewell to Sussex 133

21 Running Even Wilder 141

22 On the Beach and Goshawks in Wales 149

23 Beach Nightmares and Me - in an Eagle Team? 158

24 No More Golden Beaches. Back to Town! 164

25 Inspiration in the Air 169

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