The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds (Hardback)Stephen Rutt (author)
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Whilst they may be an evocative part of British coastal life, how much do we really know about the species and history of the beloved seabird? Stephen Rutt takes a journey around the fringes of the nation, uncovering remote, windswept communities and a diverse range of seabird life in this weather-beaten, romantic volume.
The British Isles are remarkable for their extraordinary seabird life: spectacular gatherings of charismatic Arctic terns, elegant fulmars and stoic eiders, to name just a few. Often found in the most remote and dramatic reaches of our shores, these colonies are landscapes shaped not by us but by the birds.
In 2015, Stephen Rutt escaped his hectic, anxiety-inducing life in London for the bird observatory on North Ronaldsay, the most northerly of the Orkney Islands. In thrall to these windswept havens and the people and birds that inhabit them, he began a journey to the edges of Britain. From Shetland, to the Farnes of Northumberland, down to the Welsh islands off the Pembrokeshire coast, he explores the part seabirds have played in our history and what they continue to mean to Britain today.
The Seafarers is the story of those travels: a love letter, written from the rocks and the edges, for the salt-stained, isolated and ever-changing lives of seabirds. This beguiling book reveals what it feels like to be immersed in a completely wild landscape, examining the allure of the remote in an over-crowded world.
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'A beautifully illuminating portrait of lives lived largely on the wing and at sea . . . In this intimate guide to the wild beauty and complexity of seabirds, Stephen Rutt has written a powerful chronicle of resilience and fragility.' - Julian Hoffman, author of Irreplaceable and The Small Heart of Things
'An arrestingly vivid turn of phrase... An accomplished debut from an exciting new voice in Nature writing.' - The Countryman Magazine
'5*... One of those great joys of a book ... I look forward to reading the next book from this author, although I acknowledge that he has set his own bar very high' - Tonto Williams Electronic Scrapbook
'Writes as beautifully about Shetland as he does about seabirds.' - Sally Huband
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