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By: Laurence Rose(Author), Richard Allen(Illustrator)
272 pages, 7 b/w maps
Exploring the wildlife, places, traditions, culture and personalities associated with spring throughout Europe, and introducing readers to cultural, scientific and historical research and his recollections of 30 years of continental travel, Laurence Rose paints a vivid picture of one of the world's most significant and beautiful natural phenomena: spring. Laurence begins his journey in the first week of February, arriving in southern Spain with the storks that herald the beginning of Europe's spring on San Blas Day. Swallows, cranes and, later on, wild swans are his constant companions as he journeys his way north through Spain, France and the UK, eventually crossing over to Sweden, Finland and Norway before finally reaching the Arctic Circle four months later.
While on the road, Laurence follows live data from satellites tracking birds as well as other indicators of spring. Throughout his travels, he meets people living closely with nature. He also encounters new behaviours, such as cranes wintering in France, and explores how they link to climate change. The further north he travels, the more unpredictable the events of spring become. At the end of his journey, Laurence reflects on what he has learned, as the long Arctic days stretch out into 24 hours of daylight.
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Laurence Rose has worked as a wildlife conservation professional for over 30 years, working both at ground level and in the boardroom. He was the head of the RSPB's European Programme for ten years.
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