A Wealth of Wildlife by Alan Stewart
‘The author is ever alert, taking time to note the beauty of his surrounding, the birds and birdsong.’
Alan Stewart’s account of a year walking a Highland Perthshire farming and shooting estate demonstrates that a vast range of wildlife can thrive where conservation is embraced within land management.
The book is a culmination of a lifetime’s knowledge of wildlife, the author guiding the reader into the secret lives of the birds and animals in his native Perthshire. His country lore allows him to watch a hunting goshawk and a sleepy tawny owl after being alerted to their presence by other birds; you can almost hear the songs of birds such as mistle thrush, lapwing and common sandpiper.
There are vivid narratives of encounters with less commonly seen birds such as the white-tailed eagle, snow goose, crossbill, green woodpecker and garden warbler.
The author has close assignations with mammals such as fallow deer and red squirrels and follows the fascinating trail of a hunting fox in the snow.
Praise for Alan Stewart:
‘Narrated in a charming informal style – a pleasure to read.’
Scottish Association for Country Sports Journal
‘Confidently written, conversational, highly educational – quite an inspiration.’
‘Britain’s foremost wildlife detective.’
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Alan Stewart is a retired police inspector who, after 6 hours’ retirement in 1997, went on to be the force wildlife crime officer in a civilian capacity, the first full-time post in Scotland. His interest in wildlife crime stemmed from dealing with salmon and deer poaching cases early in his career, and from an interest in farming, shooting, fishing and the countryside in general. Retiring from this role in 2011, he continued wildlife crime related work as an intelligence officer with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, finally retiring in 2015. Alan was presented with several prestigious awards during his policing career, including in 2001 the MBE for services to policing wildlife crime and is the author of four books on that subject. He lives with his wife, dog, ducks and hens on the edge of a Perthshire village.
Other books by Alan Stewart:
The Thin Green Line
A Lone Furrow
Wildlife and the Law