- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906148562
- ISBN-13: 978-1906148560
- Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 1.1 x 18.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales: The Story of One of the Peak District's Most Enigmatic Mammals Paperback – 3 Sep 2012
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"It features wonderful images of the hares themselves, a testimony to the author's patience, fieldcraft and expertise as a photographer ... Underlying the photography, the text carries a powerful conservation message, emphasising the importance of habitat diversity, for the hares and for the rest of the associated wildlife." (Dr Derek Yalden, Mammal News ). "Christine Gregory's book is a worthy addition to the tradition of natural history writing. It is scientifically accurate, well-written and a homage to an animal Christine is clearly fond of. " (Jim Dixon, Chief Executive, Peak District National Park Authority). "A neat balance of factual information and romantic musings, accompanied by some great photography." (Country Walking Magazine). --various
About the Author
Christine Gregory is a writer, photographer and painter. Having taught social and political studies in adult and community education for over 20 years, she went on to teach radio skills and print journalism in further education. She has made community-based radio programmes for BBC Radio Sheffield and features for BBC Radio 4, although now concentrates full time on writing, painting and photography. She lives in the Derbyshire Dales of the Peak District where she has been following, studying and photographing brown hares in their natural habitat for several years. This book, Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales, first published in 2010, is the result of a life-long love of the countryside and a personal concern for the environment.
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Part two widens the story to where the hare fits in within modern farming and life. With much of Britain's hedgerows and wild pastures now gone, replaced by modern intensive farming practices we find out how this has affected the hare and in turn brought about a large reduction in their numbers. To supplement all of this evidence there are some interesting monologues by local farmers who cite a collection of issues that have brought us to where we are as they try to meet demands from modern society alongside financial pressure brought on by huge supermarkets. One interview features Lord Edward Manners of Haddon Hall, interviewed especially for the book by the author. Much of what is captured paints a potentially bleak picture for many involved in agriculture today which in turn is bleak for the creatures that habitat this landscape.
I cannot help but feel that the real work comes from the pictures in this book, and goes back to my own experiences of `not' seeing hares out and about. Given it takes knowledge to know where they are and how to avoid disturbing them, this is no small task.Read more ›
One of the best photos is the picture of a newborn leveret that has been rescued from a stoat on p66. The picture of the tiny hare, fur ruffled and unarguably beautiful, contrasts with a comment from the introduction to the book where the author notes that "they live their often solitary and tough lives out in the open from birth".
On the title page of the book there is a quote from the United Kingdom Biodiversity Action Plan which states that the plan will "use the popularity of the brown hare to highlight the impact on biodiversity of modern agricultural practices and loss of mixed farms". The author then adds that "this book attempts in a small way to do just that". Christine Gregory has more than achieved her aim.
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If you have serious interest in wildlife, as I do, don't be fooled into thinking that this is just a coffee-table book. It is not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tinca
This beautifully illustrated book was conceived following the UK's choice to target the brown hare as part of its Biodiversity Action Plan. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J R Reid
Beautiful! This book is not only full of information about one of our best loved wild animals, it has a stunning display of photographs showing hares in all aspects of their lives... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pam Kitchin
Book came quickly well packaged - the quality of the photos is good and a decent size so this will make a good gift. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bobby Gittins
A book full of interest and the most gorgeous photography. A must for any lover of this beautiful but enigmatic creature.Published 18 months ago by L. Robinson