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Song of the Rolling Earth : A Highland Odyssey by John Lister-Kaye.

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Old Wednesday 7th July 2004, 22:01   #1
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Song of the Rolling Earth : A Highland Odyssey by John Lister-Kaye.

Just finished reading this book and have to say it get a BIG thumbs up. It is about the internationally renowned Aigas field centre set up by the author himself. He waxes lyrical and weaves excellent literary fibres to expel the full story of Aigas. When I say 'full story', I mean FULL. He starts in several places and describes how he came to starting a field centre after seeing what was wrong with the world during the Torrey canyon disaster. He saw the lack of respect for the environment back then and struggled to establish the field centre in a time when Ecology was a word unkown to civilisation. He also takes you through Aigas history all the way from the Ice Age right to now.

It had really opened my eyes to a lot of things and the Victorians really decimated the highlands, purging everything that grew and anything that wasn't game. I now see Moorland Management with a different eye. Granted we need to burn the heather to maintain moorland environments but such environments are artifical ones created by the Victorians to ensure ideal habitat for maximum Grouse production.

Take a divergence from birding books and try this one, you will enjoy it very much.

The ISBN number is 0-349-11761-6 and the paperback publisher is Abacus.

I have since found the website for the field centre and you may wish to leave it until you read the book to see what it is about after seeing the reason for it's founding. The website is HERE.
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Interesting,Andrew,I shall check it out.

The author writes a weekly column for the Times( Weekend Review),entitled 'Out There',which I usually enjoy reading.
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I have read the book Andrew, and enjoyed it as much as you did, i am reading his new book 'Natures Child' which was released recently and i am enjoying this just as much, it is my hope to visit the area one day soon.
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Interesting,Andrew,I shall check it out.

The author writes a weekly column for the Times( Weekend Review),entitled 'Out There',which I usually enjoy reading.
Perchance you could tell me if this is on a Saturday or Sunday? I think I might get a copy and see what the column is like.
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I have read the book Andrew, and enjoyed it as much as you did, i am reading his new book 'Natures Child' which was released recently and i am enjoying this just as much, it is my hope to visit the area one day soon.
Nature's Child certainly looks the part and I am keen to read it too. More of a global reach I gather? I am now reading (or laughing along with) Bill Bryson's 'Notes From a Small Island' while I wait for Kaye's book to come out in paperback. Got more other stuff to read meanwhile.
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Perchance you could tell me if this is on a Saturday or Sunday? I think I might get a copy and see what the column is like.
It's on a Saturday,Andrew...you can read last week's article online,which is about Scottish Nature Conservation and wildlife crime.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspap...164710,00.html
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Thanks Trevor,

I shall hope it comes up online weekly to save the huge sums they expect for weekend papers.
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