Monday, 20 December 2021

Wintering by Stephen Rutt

 Wintering by Stephen Rutt

Subtitled 'A Season with Geese' this is a beautifully written account of watching and learning about the various species of wild geese that winter in the UK. The book mostly centres on Dumfries and Galloway, in the south-west of Scotland, an area which Crafty Green Boyfriend and I have visited many times and in fact we have seen many geese while we've been there! 

Rutt's book devotes a chapter to each of the main geese found in the UK - pink footed, barnacle, greylag, brent, white fronted and bean. Each chapter outlines the author's encounters with the particular species, along with notes on how to recognise it and an account of the human history with the species (usually through hunting). 

The book is closely observed, paying attention to the weather and to the wider environment, as well as to the birds themselves. 

"The geese come first as sound. We turn a corner and a muddy channel opens up between two patches of marsh that had earlier appeared seamlessly as one. The wind picks up their calls and the noise drifts over us."

 Wintering by Stephen Rutt published (2019) by Elliot and Thompson.  


Sadly there has recently been an outbreak of avian flu among the geese at the Mersehead bird reserve in Dumfries and Galloway. You can find out more and donate to the emergency appeal of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) here.


The Weaver of Grass said...

We have Bird Flu round here at present too.

Jenn Jilks said...

Sorry to read about the avian flu.
A lovely review!

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a great book, thanks for the review.
It is sad to hear about the Avian Flu.
Have a great week! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes unfortunately Bird Flu is around ...

That book sounds very good.

All the best Jan