The Meaning of Geese: A Thousand Miles in Search of Home

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The Meaning of Geese: A Thousand Miles in Search of Home

The Meaning of Geese: A Thousand Miles in Search of Home

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As an adult he migrated away to Bolivia to work in conservation for a decade until on a trip back he saw a brent and took it as a sign to continue the good work at home. Superbly translated by Jennifer Croft – the description of the quiet, injured man “lying Britishly on the mountain” is wonderful – this book becomes a viewpoint from which we can see the whole world. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Equally evident from the text is Nick’s depth of knowledge, of the geese and the other wildlife portrayed in this book, but also of the landscape in which he was born and raised. Ten years later he came home from this three-month stint, having worked in nature conservation and sustainable development the length and breadth of Bolivia, across South America, and in Australia and India.

There are several interesting themes running through the book - the impact of climate change, hunting, geese in the creative imagination, conservation - but the diary format prevents these from being developed. Pink-footed geese descend on the Holkham Estate in their thousands, but there were smaller flocks and rarer types as well: from Canada and greylag to white-fronted and snow geese.Stuck at home with no work and no people, I got on my mother's 40-year-old bicycle and followed Norfolk's thrilling flocks of pink-footed and brent geese. Mainly written as a diary of Acheson’s daily discoveries and sightings during 2020-2021 this format worked really well.

The Covid-19 lockdowns spawned a number of nature books in the UK and, although the pandemic is not a major element here, one does get a sense of how Acheson struggled with isolation as well as the normal winter blues and found comfort and purpose in birdwatching. I saw Nick chairing a discussion at the Gathering Festival at Wild Ken Hill last year, and when I saw he had his first book coming out I was desperate to read it. Nick Acheson worked in South America and touring the world in conservationist and nature related work.The pandemic gave Acheson fallow time to mount his rickety bike and scope Norfolk for the “thousands of lives brought here by wind, genes, instinct and the planet’s axial tilt”. He is best known in East Anglia where he makes regular appearances on ITV Anglia, BBC Look East and BBC Radio Norfolk, and presents films for Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Green Light Trust and Pensthorpe. It is good to be made aware of how interlinked we are across the globe by migration and also by the internet so that geese experts can easily talk to one another. Nick now lives very close to his childhood home, in a little flint cottage by a duckpond on a North Norfolk village common. His book is an intimate diary of his sightings and his experiences with the geese-loving communities he met along the way.

Birds continue to arrive in the UK from more northerly regions to spend the next few months here in our warmer winters, before. In the preparation of his first book he cycled 1,200 miles on his mother's forty-two-year-old bicycle.I emerged from the book with insights about the author, his wonderful home county, and - of course - of geese, but also a sense of calm and a reflection on my own priorities and self. Well-known for the breadth of his knowledge on nature and the environment, and the wit and ease with which he explains complex ideas, Nick is an experienced broadcaster with a wide range of credits. He has an essay in Low Carbon Birding published by Pelagic, which was chosen as British Birds Best Bird Book of the Year 2022. Tundra bean, taiga bean, brent … I don’t think I’ve seen any of these species – not even pinkfeet, to my recollection – so wished for black-and-white drawings or colour photographs in the book.



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