The aim of this series is to interest the general reader in the wildlife of Britain by recapturing the enquiring spirit of the old naturalists, encouraging unusual and original developments of forgotten or neglected facets of British natural history. Collins are delighted to announce the republication in facsimile form of the first editions of the very first volumes in the New Naturalist Library. Originally planned in the darkest days of World War II and first published in 1945, this series is the longest running nature series in the world. It is a reflection of the quality of the authors and the books they wrote, that they are still sought after 73 years later. The books will be identical in every way to the original first editions, including the iconic jackets by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are rugged moorland, alpine mountains and jagged coast with remarkable natural history, including relict and specialised animals and plants. Here are animals in really large numbers: St. Kilda with its sea-birds, North Rona its seals, Islay its wintering geese, rivers and lochs with their spawning salmon and trout, the ubiquitous midges!This is big country with red deer, wildcat, pine marten, badger, otter, fox, ermine, golden eagle, osprey, raven, peregrine, grey lag, divers, phalaropes, capercaillie and ptarmigan.
Off-shore are killer whales and basking sharks. Here too in large scale interaction is forestry, sheep farming, sport, tourism and wild life conservation.
F. F. Darling: 1903-1979. Animal ecologist, conservation prophet and environmental sage, author of Natural History in the Highlands and Islands (1947). A much-admired but enigmatic man, melancholic, reflective, perhaps more influential as a philosopher than scientist. Lived primitive life on islands, but liked his comforts -- books, claret, pets and collections of jade, carpets, bronzes and glassware from around the world. John Morton Boyd: 1925-1988. Ecologist and conservationist, author of The Highlands and Islands (1964, with F. Fraser Darling) and The Hebrides (1990, with his son, Ian Lamont Boyd). A pioneer of nature conservation north of the border, scientist, traveller, romantic and ardent lover of nature.