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The Hen Harrier

The Hen Harrier

Donald Watson, Foreword by Mark Avery

An acknowledged classic of narrative nature-writing, Donald Watson's 'The Hen Harrier' was the culmination of a lifetimes study of this beautiful upland bird. A gentle, warm and wonderfully written book, 'The Hen Harrier' stems from an age of amateur conservation, from the pen of a man who cared deeply about birds and their habitats, especially of the Scottish borders where he conducted much of his research and painting. The book was among the last of a dying breed; it would be thirty years or more before writing on our natural history would again reach the heights of accessibility to nature-lovers exemplified by Donald Watson and his peers. The book starts with Watson setting down more or less everything known about harriers which at that time often consisted of information sent by letter to the author, rather than published in a journal before moving on to the story of Watson's years studying nests in the south-west of Scotland. With a foreword by conservation champion Mark Avery, this edition of Watson's greatest work is particularly timely. The conflict between grouse-shooting interests, which has overseen the virtual extinction of the harrier as a breeding bird in England through illegal persecution, and an increasingly vocal conservationist lobby is the number one conservation issue in Britain today. Donald Watson's narrative soars like a sky-dancing harrier throughout this book. Read it, and be taken back to a simpler age of nature conservation by a true master of the art. 416 pages.

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