In the very north of Britain, far from the bustling cities and picturesque countryside to the south, lies Western Europe's greatest wilderness: the Scottish Highlands.
This is a land shaped by the flow of ancient ice, where snow-capped mountains tower over ink-black lochs, Golden Eagles soar over heather-clad moors, and Red Deer stags engage in mortal combat for the right to win a mate. Sea cliffs and offshore islands teem with millions of seabirds, while the seas themselves are home to Basking Sharks, Orcas and Bottlenose Dolphins.
The Highlands can at times seem bleak and desolate, but they are also filled with secret wonders, from the ancient Caledonian pine forests to the vast Flow Country, and from the sheer granite cliffs of Handa to the mysterious depths of Loch Ness.
Accompanying the four-part BBC series narrated by Ewan McGregor, Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart features insightful text and spectacular photography chronicling a year in the lives of a stellar cast of wild animals as they struggle to survive in a beautiful yet unforgiving landscape.
Stephen Moss is a naturalist, author and TV producer. His TV credits include Springwatch, Birds Britannia, and Britain's Big Wildlife Revival, while his books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, A Bird in the Bush: a Social History of Birdwatching and Tweet of the Day. He has travelled to all seven continents to film and write about wildlife. Stephen is one of GB's leading nature writers with a monthly column in the Guardian. He also writes for the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and magazines including Birdwatch, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile.
One of Scotland's best known natural history and landscape photographers, Laurie Campbell, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards in November 2014. After graduating with a degree in photography at Napier University in 1985 Laurie became Scotland's first full-time professional nature photographer. Since then he has dedicated over 35 years to photographing Scotland's distinctive wildlife and flora.
"Well-researched, topical text and magnificent photography in a contemporary take on iconic landscapes that will attract many to the UK's prime wildlife haven."
– BBC Wildlife
"Laurie is, in my opinion, the finest nature photographer working in the British Isles at the current time. A consummate professional [...] he is a master of field craft as well as innovation [...] With such instantly captivating photography, it can be easy to overlook the importance of Highlands' text [...] There is no drum-banging, heavy science or aggression. His [Stephen Moss'] tone, like that of Laurie, is that of an intensely knowledgeable naturalist who cares deeply. [...] Stephen Moss and Laurie Campbell have produced a reflection of all that encompasses the Highlands, summarising brilliantly in words and photographs the reason why Scotland's unique, constantly threatened wildlife is so precious."
– Polly Pullar, Scot's Magazine