A hard-hitting, passionate and well-researched book about the conflict between driven grouse shooting and nature conservation in Britain, with a foreword by Chris Packham. One of 2015s Books of the Year in The Times and The Mail on Sunday.
For fifteen years, Mark Avery was the Conservation Director of the RSPB. He is a well-known and highly respected blogger, public speaker and writer on UK nature conservation and environmental issues. A scientist by training, and a conservationist most of his life, Mark has written a hard-hitting, passionate but well-researched book about the conflict between driven grouse shooting and nature conservation and environmental sustainability. His previous book for Bloomsbury was A Message from Martha, the story of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.
A powerful indictment of the grouse-shooting industry and its
illegal shooting and propaganda war against the hen harrier. * the
No other book this year put the cat amongst the pigeons (or rather, the game birds) like Avery's impassioned investigation into driven grouse shooting and its impact on moorland ecology. * The Times *
This is a book you must read whether or not you support such shooting. * Highland News Group *
Pacy and passionate, this is nature writing that insists you sit up and take note. -- Stephanie Cross * The Lady *
Mr Avery writes with a light touch and endearing self-depreciation. He's passionate (obsessed?) about the hen harrier. * Country Life *