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A Richness of Martens

Wildlife Tales from the Highlands

Written by Polly Pullar / Introduction by John Lister-Kaye / Illustrated by Sharon Tingey

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ISBN: 9781788850704
Published: 28 May 2020
Format: E-Book
Extent: 224
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

Longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2019

When Les and Chris Humphreys moved to Ardnamurchan 15 years ago, little did they realise they would be sharing their home with some of Britain’s most elusive and misunderstood mustelids. Amongst all the animals and birds that visit their garden, they have formed a special bond with numerous pine martens, and have studied them and a cast of other creatures at close range through direct observation and via sensor-operated cameras.

Naturalist and photographer Polly Pullar has known the Humphreys and their pine martens for many years. In this book she tells the remarkable story of the couple and their animal friends, interpolating it with natural history, anecdote and her own experiences of the wildlife of the area. The result is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a much misunderstood animal and a passionate portrait of one of Scotland’s richest habitats – the oakwoods of Scotland’s Atlantic seaboard.


The Author

Polly Pullar

Polly Pullar is a conservationist, naturalist, writer and photographer specialising in wildlife and countryside matters. She is also a wildlife rehabilitator. She contributes to numerous publications including The Scots Magazine, Scottish Field, Scottish Wildlife, BBC Wildlife & The People’s Friend.). She lives on a small farm in Highland Perthshire, surrounded by an extensive menagerie.

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