289 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Scotland boasts a huge and diverse range of wildlife. This informative and beautifully illustrated book is the most complete companion to Scottish animals and birds available. Themed around various habitats (mountain; bog and moor; woods; lochs and rivers; croft and farm; sea and seashore; urban), and including material on mythical beasts, it features a wealth of information on hundreds of species. As well as descriptions and biological information, the text is interspersed with much detail – historical, folklore, anecdotal, and even culinary – which offers fascinating insights into the role of animals in our cultural life and the way man has interacted with them over a period of thousands of years. There are also details of all the main Scottish conservation bodies and Scotland's major nature reserves, as well as information of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
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Mary Low is an independent scholar and writer, and postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. She has written widely on nature in the Celtic world. She lives in the Scottish Borders.
Polly Pullar has worked as a wildlife guide, wildlife rehabilitator, sheep farmer and field naturalist. She has written a number of wildlife books for Langford Press and is also widely know as photo-journalist and wildlife artist. She lives in Aberfeldy.