Patrick has written a lively natural history that is interwoven with his account of his on-going battle to reintroduce black grouse on his farm in Dumfries & Galloway. His beautiful illustrations convey his passion for these vulnerable birds, so full of character, from their aggressive lekking behaviour to their desperate struggle to survive against nearly-impossible odds in modern Britain.
This book is available from bookshops, or from Merlin Unwin Books – Tel: 01584 877456 or www.merlinunwin.co.uk. Price £20 + p&p.
Patrick Laurie writes regularly for Shooting Gazette and produces a Monthly Perspective on The Heather Trust’s activity that is published on the Trust’s website.