The Great Wood

by Jim Crumley


The Great Wood

 

In this passionate and poetic appreciation of the Great Wood of Caledon, Jim Crumley thoughtfully explores the past myths, present remnants and future prospects of the historic native forest of Highland Scotland.

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‘Crumley gives unique insight into the rich history of this land’ – Scottish Field

‘An engaging read’ – BBC Wildlife Magazine

The Great Wood of Caledon – the historic native forest of Highland Scotland – has a reputation as potent and misleading as the wolves that ruled it. The popular image is of an impassable, sun-snuffing shroud, a Highlands-wide jungle infested by wolf, lynx, bear, beaver, wild white cattle, wild boar, and wilder painted men.

Jim Crumley shines a light into the darker corners of the Great Wood, to re-evaluate some of the questionable elements of its reputation, and to assess the possibilities of its partial resurrection into something like a national forest. The book threads a path among relict strongholds of native woodland, beginning with a soliloquy by the Fortingall Yew, the one tree in Scotland that can say of the hey-day of the Great Wood 5,000 years ago: ‘I was there.’ The journey is enriched by vivid wildlife encounters, a passionate and poetic account that binds the slow dereliction of the past to an optimistic future.

Jim Crumley is a Scottish nature writer whose contribution to the literature of the land – now amounting to more than thirty books – has attracted many accolades throughout the British media and in North America. He is a passionate advocate of species reintroductions, especially of wolf and beaver, the widespread restoration and expansion of native habitats, and a radical reappraisal of the relationship between the people of Scotland and the land. He is also a columnist in the Scots Magazine and The Courier, both based in his home town of Dundee. He now lives in Stirling.

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ISBN: 9781841589732

Format: PB

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Highlands , Natural History