Leaving behind a few days of head-turning autumn finery on Skye, Jim Crumley was en route to his Stirlingshire home when he found himself contemplating not only the glories of the season, but how far the seasons themselves had shapeshifted since his early days observing his natural surroundings.
Over the course of several decades, Jim has amassed reams of notes and a bank of memorable imagery chronicling the wonder, tumult and spectacle of nature’s seasonal transformations. For the most part in Scotland, but with occasional travel to other countries and continents, too, he has witnessed climate chaos bringing unwanted drama to wildlife and widespread destruction of ecosystems and habitats.
In this landmark volume, Jim lays bare the impact of global warming and urges us all towards a more daring conservation vision that embraces everything from the mountain treeline to a second spring for the wolf.
Jim Crumley is an ardent advocate for Britain’s landscape and animals, as well as the reintroduction of species such as sea eagles, beavers and wolves. He is a nature writer, journalist and poet with some 30 books to his name. The Nature of Autumn was a finalist for two prestigious literary prizes, and The Nature of Winter was hugely popular with critics and the public. Jim’s 2014 book, The Eagle’s Way, was shortlisted for a Saltire Society award, and his Encounters in the Wild series of beautiful gif books – which sees Jim get up close and personal with Britain’s favourite animals – has found him many new readers.