Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape by Patrick Laurie

Wainwright Prize Nature WritingGalloway is a place forgotten – a vague, half-imagined corner of Scotland that has fallen off the map. Patrick Laurie returns to his homeland, to establish a herd of native cattle on the hills above the Solway Firth and encounters the final passing of an ancient rural heritage. This book confronts relentless and accelerating change, exploring the enduring connection between humans, farming and nature in a poignant and hopeful record of life in a vanishing landscape.

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About the author

Patrick Laurie was born and brought up near Dalbeattie – ‘the town of hard granite and warm hearts’. His blog Working for grouse was set up more than a decade ago as a diary of conservation in hill farming; it now attracts around 30,000 visitors each year. As well as writing and farming, he is involved in a number of conservation projects on upland farms across Scotland and the north of England. Unsurprisingly, Patrick lives in Galloway, Scotland.





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