Wintering: A Season With Geese (Paperback)
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The perfect seasonal gift book for nature lovers; a celebration of winter and of the bird that heralds it.
The new season begins. The geese return . . .
The arrival of huge flocks of geese in the UK is one of the most evocative and powerful harbingers of winter; a vast natural phenomenon to capture the imagination. So Stephen Rutt found when he moved to Dumfries one autumn, coinciding with the migration of thousands of pink-footed geese who spend their winter in the Firth. Thus began an extraordinary odyssey. From his new surroundings in the north to the wide-open spaces of his childhood home in the south, Stephen traces the lives and habits of the most common species of goose in the UK and explores the place they have in the culture, the history, and, occasionally, on the festive table. Wintering takes you on a vivid tour of the in-between landscapes the geese inhabit, celebrating the short days, varied weathers, and long nights of the season during which British people share their home with these large, startling, garrulous, and cooperative birds.
About the Author
Stephen Rutt is a birder, freelance nature writer, and book reviewer whose work has appeared in Earthlines Magazine,Zoomorphic,The Harrier, Surfbirds, BirdGuides, and The East AnglianDaily Times. His first book, the award-winning The Seafarers, was born during the seven months he spent at the bird observatory on North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys. He lives in Dumfries.
"A poignant testament to how we can find peace in the rhythms of the natural world." - The Times, Nature Books of the Year
"Rutt's dreamy prose is as cool and elegant as the season he charts." - BBC Wildlife
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