The Nature of Sping
By Jim Crumley
Spring marks the genesis of nature’s year. As Earth’s northern hemisphere tilts towards the life-giving sun, the icy, dark days of winter gradually yield to the new season’s intensifying light and warmth. Nature responds…
For our flora and fauna, for the very land itself, this is the time of rebirth and rejuvenation – although, as Jim Crumley attests, spring in the Northlands is no Wordsworthian idyll. Climate chaos and its attendant unpredictable weather brings high drama to the lives of the animals he observes – the badgers, seals and foxes, the seabirds and the raptors.
But there is also a wild, elemental beauty to the highlands and islands, a sense of nature in animation during this, the most transformative of seasons. Jim chronicles it all: the wonder, the tumult, the spectacle of spring.
Jim Crumley is an ardent advocate for Britain’s landscape and animals, as well as the reintroduction of species such as sea eagles, beavers and wolves. He is a nature writer, journalist and poet with some 30 books to his name. The Nature of Autumn was a finalist for two prestigious literary prizes, and The Nature of Winter was hugely popular with critics and the public. Jim’s 2014 book, The Eagle’s Way, was shortlisted for a Saltire Society award, and his Encounters in the Wild series of beautiful gift books – which sees Jim get up close and personal with Britain’s favourite animals – has found him many new readers.