Let’s visit nature in the Highlands with Jim Crumley, one of our best nature writers, who has penned over 30 books in the last years. Passionate about our landscape and animals, he is also a poet and journalist. This series of 4 books covers nature and wildlife just over the border in beautiful Scotland. So put on a jumper in case you get chilly, and enjoy these beautiful rainy day reads:
- The Nature of Summer visits the Highlands, Perthshire and Trossachs heartlands to find flora and fauna galore. Climate chaos and unpredictable weather brings changes to the animals and birds he observes, alongside the wild beauty of the land, mountains, lochs, coasts and skies.
- The Nature of Winter looks at the dark days of wild storms and the glistening stillness of winter landscapes in beautiful Scotland. Jim bears witness to golden eagles, red deer and even whales, as they battle weather affected by climate change. In the snow, Jim discovers ancient footsteps that lead him to reflect on his journey of writing about nature.
- The Nature of Autumn tells the story of how unfolding autumn affects the wildlife of Jim Crumley’s beloved land in Scotland. Taking in September to November (from windswept Western Isles and the unforgiving Cairngorm plateau to the gentler Loch Lomond landscape), Jim experiences the deer rut, finds redwood trees in unexpected places and contemplates climate change, the death of his father and his love of nature, painting a portrait of a moody autumn.
- The Nature of Spring writes of the season of rebirth and rejuvenation. Earth’s northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, winter yields to light and warmth and a wild elemental beauty transforms the Highland landscape. But climate chaos brings unwanted dramas to the lives of badger and fox, seal and seabird, and raptor, pine marten and sand martin. Jim lays bare the impact of global warming and urges us toward a more daring conservation vision, that embraces everything from a mountain treeline to a second spring for the wolf.
Beautifully written … thoughtful and thought-provoking … Jim Crumley does not shy away from the important issues facing the natural world [in] a book you’d like to think could have real influence on the world we live in.” Undiscovered Scotland
So where are the Highlands? They cover over 10,000 square miles of Northern Scotland, including Cairngorms National Park and Loch Ness (‘Nessie’ is now believed to be a giant eel). Many people speak Scottish Gaelic and it also has the UK’s highest mountains. It’s home to stunning wildlife including mountain hares, red deer and even wild reindeer. It’s less than 200 miles from the Faroe Islands (a beautiful place that as self-governing, continues to hunt whales – Sea Shepherd is doing its best to stop this awful annual event).