Galloway Life in a vanishing landscape

Patrick Laurie

Book - 2021

"Galloway, an ancient town in an obscure corner of Scotland, has a proud and unique heritage based on hardy cattle and wide moors. But as the twentieth century progressed, the people of Galloway deserted the land and the moors have been transformed into commercial forest. Desperate to connect with his native land, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Galloway cattle, he begins to discover how cows once shaped people, pla...ces and nature in this remote and half-hidden place. This traditional breed requires different methods of care from modern farming on an industrial, totally unnatural scale. As the cattle begin to dictate the pattern of his life, Patrick stumbles upon the passing of an ancient rural heritage. The new forests have driven the catastrophic decline of the much-loved curlew, a bird which features strongly in Galloway's consciousness. The links between people, cattle and wild birds become a central theme as Patrick begins to face the reality of life in a vanishing landscape. Exploring the delicate balance between farming and conservation while recounting an extraordinarily powerful personal story, Galloway delves into the relationship between people and places under pressure in the modern world"--

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Published
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint 2021.
Edition
First Counterpoint edition
Language
English
Item Description
First published as Native : life in a vanishing landscape in Great Britain in 2020 by Birlinn Ltd.
Physical Description
xxi, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781640095007
Main Author
Patrick Laurie (author)
Other Authors
Nick Offerman, 1970- (writer of introduction)
  • Beginnings
  • Granite
  • Hills
  • Whaup
  • Grass
  • Crop
  • Calves
  • Hay
  • Bull
  • Harvest
  • Mart
  • Endings.