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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Instead he followed flights of geese, by bicycle across Norfolk and through sightings from fellow naturalists, around the world. Through paying close attention to wild nature, Acheson, like so many of us, has found solace during difficult times. But this quest is not a triumphant twitcher tick-list of sightings, or a quirky travelogue; it is a way of deciphering what is happening in our natural world, a cry of anguish at what the future might hold and a love letter to the Norfolk landscape. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this tale is that it is as much about the highs and lows of the author’s own personal journey, as it is about his using lockdown to follow the birds he fell in love with as a child.

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As a boy, he was obsessed with wild animals and inspired to love geese by a teacher, Dave Horsley, who led his school’s bird club. Blessed with a poet’s way with words, crossed with a scientist’s rigorous pursuit of knowledge, Nick turned his epic bike ride and bird hunt into an important and beautiful book. He meticulously details the geese's arrival, observing what they mean to his beloved Norfolk and the role they play in local people's lives - and what role the birds could play in our changing world.Two winters ago, locked down and alone, the global pandemic having robbed him of employment and family, Acheson, who for years made a living leading wildlife tours around the world, began following the geese.

The Meaning of Geese: following wild geese around Norfolk The Meaning of Geese: following wild geese around Norfolk

Nick Acheson is a naturalist, conservationist and environmentalist who lives on the bank of the River Wensum in North Norfolk, UK. The geese were once common on the Norfolk coast, but appear to have been scared away by aerial bombing during the Second World War. The Meaning of Geese is a book of thrilling encounters with wildlife, of tired legs, punctured tyres and inhospitable weather. These thought-provoking discussions detailing history, landscape, biology and conservation all show the beauty and complexity of these birds that are so often overlooked.For seven months he kept a diary of his sightings, and the stories he came across as he pedalled 1,200 miles following the flocks of winter geese.

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In The Meaning of Geese Nick recounts these adventures, starting with the dramatic arrival of the pinkfeet and brent geese as they land in the thousands in Britain each autumn. For the past fifteen years, Nick has worked for conservation NGOs in the UK, most notably Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Above all, it is the story of Nick Acheson’s love for the land in which he was born and raised, and for the wild geese that fill it with sound and spectacle every winter. The warmth, humility, friendship and deep knowledge that exude from this book are infectious and necessary. They pair for life and guide their young in the flocks back to us in the winter, and then stay with them all winter.He meticulously details the geese’s arrival, observing what they mean to his beloved Norfolk and the role they play in local people’s lives – and what role the birds could play in our changing world.

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Poetic, wry, beautifully observed and possessing a wonderful sense of place, this is note-perfect nature writing.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. He is an ambassador for both Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Pensthorpe, a trustee of Felbeck Trust and a recent president of the historic Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. To honour the geese’s great athletic migrations, Nick kept a diary of his sightings as well as the stories he discovered through the community of people, past and present, who loved them, too. Working through a flock of geese you’re absolutely lost, you’re completely focused down the barrel of a telescope for hours sometimes. The spectacle is awesome, free and a rare and precious experience in the modern world: to be a human outnumbered by another species; to witness an abundance of wild birds in one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth (the UK is ranked 12th worst for “biodiversity intactness” out of 240 countries, according to an RSPB study).



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