Sir John Lister-Kaye encourages us to look in close detail at the nature around us.
For the last thirty years John Lister-Kaye has taken the same circular walk from his home deep in a Scottish glen up to a small hill loch. Each day brings a new observation or an unexpected encounter - a fragile spider’s web, an osprey struggling to lift a trout from the water or a woodcock exquisitely camouflaged on her nest - and every day, on his return home, he records his thoughts in a journal.
Drawing on this lifetime of close observation, At The Water’s Edge encourages us to look again at the nature around us, to discover its wildness for ourselves and to respect and protect it.
“John Lister-Kaye is one of the most joyful, inspirational naturalists I know. This wonderful collection of wildlife encounters will make anyone want to pull on their boots and re-discover the world on our doorsteps.”
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“A book of land-knowing by someone who has spent a gentle lifetime learning the languages of animals. With an untameable enthusiasm and generosity of spirit, Lister-Kaye translates those languages into a kind of inter-species friendship”
Jay Griffiths, Author Of Wild: An Elemental Journey
“Dedicated conservationist Lister-Kaye has spent much of his life in solitary contemplation of his environment … This is a quiet but rousing call to action for anyone who loves the natural world and wants to help preserve it.”
“I’d put it in the hands of anyone who ever enjoyed a day out in the fresh air, even those who don’t think they like the countryside: they’ve got to be seduced by this prose”
bbc Radio Scotland
“A thoughtful analyst of the evolutionary interplay between human being and animal.”
Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Britain’s best-known naturalists and conservationists and the author of eight books on wildlife and the environment. He has served prominently in the RSPB, the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to nature conservation. He lives with his wife and family among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, where he runs the world-famous Aigas Field Centre.