A Life in the Trees

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A Life in the Trees Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: The Lilliput Press Ltd Language: English ISBN: 9781843517504 Categories: , , , ,

The Great Spotted Woodpecker first bred in Ireland in 2009. Since then the author has followed the daily lives of this species, a family of whom had taken up residence in a wind-torn Spanish chestnut tree near his home in the depths of County Wicklow. This unique and personal account of a family of woodpeckers raising their young brings the reader deep into the world of this fascinating species: a world of hope, love, death, new life and ultimately success. It explores the richness and diversity of the natural wonders found in County Wicklow against a backdrop of a more general overview of the species in Ireland.; It includes a foreword by filmmaker John Boorman, andfeatures illustrations by Killian Mullarney and Flemming Christoffersen with stunning colour photographs by Dick Coombes. This book is to be treasured by everyone – not just ornithologists, but those with an interest in the natural world around them.

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As engaging an expression of a true naturalist's passion as Ireland has produced ... So immediate and concerned is [the author's] account that one comes to live it with him, if spared the scourge of midges that penetrate his dark and humid hide. -- Michael Viney * Irish Times * One man's passion brings to life the story of this once-extinct bird's return to the Republic. -- John Quinn * The Sunday Times * This book, charting these new arrivals to our shore, captures the honesty and harshness of the life-cycle so well. If anything, it shows how even in the most arduous of environments, immense beauty is to be found. -- Daniel Seery * Dublin Inquirer * 'As engaging an expression of a true naturalist's passion as Ireland has produced ... So immediate and concerned is [the author's] account that one comes to live it with him, if spared the scourge of midges that penetrate his dark and humid hide.' -THE IRISH TIMES 'We are visited by hope, joy, pathos, tragedy, su