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Barn Owl (Encounters in the Wild)

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Nature writer Jim Crumley describes some of his most memorable encounters with the barn owl - and reveals the ways they continually adapt to the encroachment of humans on their habitats.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 20th 2014 by Saraband
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This is a gentle nature book for people who like reading about growing up in the country, rambles, encounters with animals rather than scientific writing on animals. My favourite owl book is One Man's Owl. Bernd Heinrich is both personally close to and studies a very large owl, Bubo, who is sort of a pet as Heinrich raised him, and sort of just living with the author until he decides to have an independent life in the woods. This book, Barn Owl, is not in that league, but it is an enjoyable, if ...more
Aeron Allen
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the short sixty two pages of this book, Crumley has managed to entertain and inform with anecdotes of magical moments spent in the company of the legendary barn owl. It has deepened my fondness and extended my appreciation for one of Britain's most beloved birds. A really majestic little book. I can't wait to read more in the Encounters in the Wild series and I admire Cromley greatly for what he is achieving by writing these little books. If you are looking for a stepping stone into wildlife ...more
Ivan Monckton
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another superb short natural history book in Crumley's "Encounters in the wild" series, everyone of which is food for the soul. ...more
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Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Something about this enchanted me.
Luke Strickland
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of nature writing in its various forms, particularly where the author expresses a deep connection with an element of the natural world. Jim Crumley's Barn Owl is a short but rich book filled with vivid encounters and observations of this nocturnal bird of prey. He recounts memories of barn owl encounters as a child alongside recent and up-close meetings, all infused with his love for nature and his deep skills in observation.
I'm inspired to be on the look out for these white and copper
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Jim Crumley is a nature writer with almost 20 books to his name, mostly on the landscape and wildlife of Scotland. He is renowned for his style - passionate, inspiring, visionary, sensitive, majestic - no work of his should be missed. He is also a columnist and presenter of radio programmes.

He has also received the accolade of '...the best nature writer now working in Great Britain...' from David

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