Lady of the Loch: The Incredible Story of Britain's Oldest Osprey Paperback – 29 Mar 2011
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Armitage's delightful little book details [the ospreys'] conservation success story and pays loving tribute to the pioneering female osprey, Lady, who has certainly done her bit to swell the UK osprey population. ... As Armitage's affectionate book makes clear, Lady is one tough, magical, absolutely marvellous old bird. (Val Hennessy, Daily Mail)
The autobiography of a Scottish osprey is set to be a best seller. (The Scotsman)
An excellent read ... Covers a lot of stuff about the history of the osprey in Britain, and it [is] very well done. (RSPB community)
I loved [this] book. It is an incredible story and written most beautifully. I learnt so much from reading it. (Rachel Portman OBE, Oscar-winning composer)
A wonderful book ... an inspiring account. (Simon Milne, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust)
A penetrating andenchanting story that most likely will become a classic ... Armitage succeedsin highlighting today's strong commitment [to the osprey] among everyday peopleas well as in describing the sometimes dramatic background of the ospreypopulation's decrease and increase. Her story thus also becomes an interestingcontribution to the history of man's relationship with nature. In addition,which should not be underestimated, her account of the late summer of 2010 is areal nail-biter. (Svenska Dagbladet [leading Swedish national newspaper])
The extraordinary story of Lady, Britain's oldest breeding osprey - one of the UK's favourite birds.See all Product description
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The book deals with the life,times,history,decline and rise,by great conservation methods,in the UK and elsewhere of the osprey with the case history of Lucy and her erstwhile mates Eric and Laird who had nested at a site next to the Loch of Lowes for 20 year ,raised over50 chicks and migrated 6000 miles to Africa each year.
In 2010 Lucy became critically ill and was expected to die but eventually took of for Africa but was not expected to return.Here the book ends.However she did return with Laird in early April 2011 and started a new record 21st cycle.
The author gives great credit to all workers and volunteers who protected the ospreys as far back as the 1950s -I well remember the excitement when the first one came to Scotland.Thanks are also given to the Gordon Highlanders,the Royal Marines and the SAS who all played their part in protecting the ospreys.there is a good section on birders-egg stealers,4 good pictures,a bibliography and a list of web sites.
A book like this indicates the country(Scotland in this case)has a good heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Lady of the Loch and it took me less than a day to read through. The book is fairly light-hearted and follows a year of Lady's life in 2010 with her new partner "Laird". There are ups and downs for the pair and it shows how tiring it can be for these birds to bring up a family in all elements. I found it very easy to read and well written. The added detail about the Osprey as a species and the geographical area and other wildlife found around the reserve surrounding the Loch was also informative and added depth to Lady's tale.
The book has fun facts about Ospreys at the end and details about the UK Osprey projects. Hopefully this book will encourage people who have never seen an Osprey want to take a look, I have been fortunate to see Ospreys in England, Scotland and Wales and they are a magnificent sight when fishing and are one of the most attractive birds of prey, as Lady shows.
Now I have finished the book I will certainly be following the stories of the Osprey's at the Loch of the Lowes and watching the webcams and news updates from the site.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in these magnificent birds and the dedication of those set on their conservation - just don't expect a polished narrative as the book was written from the heart!
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