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  • Curlew Moon

  • By: Mary Colwell
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In Curlew Moon, Mary Colwell takes us on a 500 mile journey on foot from the west coast of Ireland to the east coast of England, to discover what is happening to this beautiful and much-loved bird. She sets off in early spring, when the birds are arriving on their breeding grounds, watches them nesting in the hills of Wales and walks through England when the young are hatching. She finishes her walk on the coast of Lincolnshire when the fledglings are trying out their wings. This is also the place many curlews will return to for the winter months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wake up call

  • By Tim Perkins on 26-04-18

A wake up call

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-18

To many country people, the Curlew call heralds spring. Mary Colwell brings us a wake up call. Curlews may soon be gone in Ireland and then the lowlands of England and Wales, and then perhaps the Northern uplands? We follow her 500 mile walk meeting a wide variety of people affected. She tells us all about the groups looking to reverse the decline, and tackles all the sensitive potential conflicts with objectivity and understanding.
This is a wonderfully informative story from someone passionate about her subject.

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  • The January Man

  • A Year of Walking Britain
  • By: Christopher Somerville
  • Narrated by: Christopher Somerville
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In January 2006, a month or two after my father died, I thought I saw him again - a momentary impression of an old man, a little stooped, setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby quilted jacket. After teenage rifts it was walking that brought us closer as father and son, and this ghost of Dad has been walking at my elbow since his death, as I have ruminated on his great love of walking, his prodigious need to do it - and how and why I walk myself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Hari on 17-05-17

Captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-18

I was expecting to enjoy this, but I loved it. More please from this author.

  • Raptor: A Journey Through Birds

  • By: James Macdonald Lockhart
  • Narrated by: Dugald-Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2011 and the Authors' Foundation Roger Deakin Award in 2011. A stunning debut in the tradition of Robert Macfarlane and Helen Macdonald. Of all the birds of the British Isles, the raptor reigns supreme, sparking the imagination like no other. In this magnificent hymn to these beautiful animals, James Macdonald Lockhart explores all 15 breeding birds of prey on these shores....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Tim Perkins on 17-08-17

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-17

I meant to dip into this before sharing it with the family on our long car journey to the Hebrides but could not stop listening to the end. I have learned so much. Perfect for someone interested in birds, wild places and learning about a man called Mcgilervray.