Christopher Smout is Historiographer Royal in Scotland and Emeritus Professor of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews. He has written widely on Scottish economic, social and demographic history, and since the mid 1990s has been much concerned with environmental history. 'He was the first deputy chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage in the 1990s'. Mairi Stewart is an environmental historian specialising in Scottish woodland history. She joined the staff of the UHI Centre for History in 2005 and is currently working on a four-year research project dealing with the social history of twentieth-century Scottish forestry.
'Painstakingly researched and deeply engrossing'* The Scotsman *
'A very absorbing read: every estuary should have one!'* Scottish Wildlife Magazine *
'A fascinating study with a broad, judicious sweep and tone'* Reviews in History *