5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Great Book for Naturalists & Bird-Watchers,
This review is from: Hebridean Memories (Paperback)
I enjoyed some parts of this book - really the mountain bits as I am, first and foremost, a hillwalker. However, I found the frequent very detailed descriptions of the various birdlife of the Hebridean Islands not to my taste as I have no interest in bird-watching whatsoever (I'm more of a fluffy-animal person myself and many of these birds were raptors which eat my furry buddies!) Seton also spends a lot of time describing the plant-life which I'm sure is interesting to most people but I found, being the avid hillwalker I am, I was just skipping over all those bits to get to the hill-descriptions.
This book would be superb for folks who are either interested in bird-watching or naturalism in general. There is a lot of good detail as Seton spent a lot of time in hides watching pairing/nesting/fledgling birds. He also had a very good grip on the balance of nature and a lot of knowledge of flora and fauna and was very enthusiastic about it.
However, if I seem to be being too critical and negative about this book, this was the single book which got me to go up the South Uist mountains after living on the islands and re-visiting them for years but still not 'getting round to them'. This was purely due to his descriptions of the bigger mountains on the island - his chapter on Ben Mhor on South Uist was such an interesting description of the hill, it got me up the hill the very next day to see for myself!