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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Brambleby Books (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908241063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908241061
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RSPB nature wardens are on the sharp end of nature conservation, and Peter Howard seems to have had his fair share of excitement along with the hard work. In this slim paperback, he shares his experiences, such as guarding a hen harrier s nest near Hadrian's Wall, watching a short-eared owl mobbing a fox, and cutting reeds at Titchwell on the north Norfolk coast. Some interesting conservation background information is woven around the stories. --Birds, October 2012

The Ruffled Edge is an evocative account of an RSPB warden working mainly in upland areas, monitoring Hen Harriers... --David Cromack, The Birdwatchers Yearbook, 2013

About the Author

Peter Howard grew up in South Wales where an early love of fishing and hill-walking soon developed into a more all-embracing passion for natural history. Having studied science at 'A' level, he then decided to read for a degree in the History of Ideas at university. After working at various times as an English tutor, Press monitor, photographer and warehouse manager, he volunteered for many years service in nature conservation (with the BTCV, Wildlife Trusts and RSPB), finally becoming an RSPB Warden and Wildlife Surveyor in Cumbria, Northumberland, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Drake on 2 July 2012
Format: Paperback
This remarkable book by a dedicated professional conservationist is a
must-read for anyone interested in preserving the UK's remote wilderness
areas, and in particular its avian bio-diversity. Exquisitely and
compellingly written, with striking colour and monochrome illustrations, the
author describes his mainly solitary encounters with nature in all its
animate forms, with a special emphasis on the multiple varieties of birds
that inhabit these fragile habitats. The result is a rare literary treat for
urbanites and country dwellers alike, which should spur us into heeding the
writer's central message that we have a overriding duty to conserve the
dwindling natural resources that remain to us. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mac Steels on 2 July 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this little book at one sitting and forgot I was visiting relations and should have been conversing! It left me wanting more. Peter is obviously a devoted naturalist with a particularly affectionate interest in birds,with that rare ability to take the reader with him. Lurking there somewhere (like his elusive hen harriers!) is an inspiringly descriptive author. I do hope there will be more books from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauline and John Sallis on 30 Jun 2012
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The Ruffled Edge, this beautifully written and illustrated book, makes you want to learn more about birds and the country-side. It also makes you value our wonderful country-side, and makes you realise how great it is that people like Pete Howard, the author, care so much about our wild life. We are looking forward to the next inspirational book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Wright on 15 Jun 2012
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Very obviously written by someone with a very good knowledge of his subject. Pete takes us to a number of different locations and describes events which happened to him. I loved it, he made me feel that I was there with him. I hope there will be more.
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