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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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. Local places, plants and species are referred to meticulously and at times I wondered if Acheson was perhaps too familiar with his subject to consider those readers for whom these names might not resonate. In the preparation of his first book he cycled 1,200 miles on his mother's forty-two-year-old bicycle. He was a wildlife guide in South America and Africa for more than a decade before, waking up to the enormity of the climate crisis, he vowed never to fly again. Still, I admire Acheson’s fervour: “I watch birds not to add them to a list of species seen; nor to sneer at birds which are not truly wild.

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. But The Second Cut is as blackly comic as it is squalid and Welsh balances all the storylines with ease. He has spent four years in Asia, many months in both Madagascar and North America, and has swum and snorkelled or watched whales and seabirds in every ocean.Born and raised in Norfolk, Nick has a life-long love for wildlife and particularly the wild geese that arrive there in their thousands every year. In their flocks, Nick encountered rarer geese, including Russian white-fronts, barnacle geese, and an extremely unusual grey-bellied brant, a bird he had dreamt of seeing since thumbing his mother's copy of Peter Scott's field guide as a child.

This was indeed to be a low-carbon initiative, undertaken on his mother’s 40-year-old red bicycle and spanning September 2021 to the start of the following spring. The Meaning of Geese is the story of how he found purpose in a seven-month, 1,200 mile cycle journey (the exact length of the pink-footed geese’s migration). From his home in Norfolk, he has since had the privilege of working with wildlife and people on every continent.

It is a quiet book that celebrates these winter visitors and, at the same time, reveals something of the author and his approach to watching nature. The lovely people at Chelsea Green Publishing sent me an advanced copy and I've been savouring it over the past few weeks. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. As two Sherpas ponder what to do next, their predicament triggers Daniell’s brilliantly tangential excursions into their state of mind, personal histories and aspirations. In the lockdown winter of 2020-21, 50,000 came here, and pretty much all of them were accounted for by Nick Acheson.

For several years he has hosted events discussing conservation, nature writing and the environment at Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves. Passionately committed to wildlife since childhood, Nick has worked his entire life in biodiversity and landscape conservation. Having studied the arrival and departure of the Brent Geese for almost forty years I purchased this book with high expectations - particularly given the 'rave' reviews.

This diary of that time is quite beautiful in its detail of the pink-foot, brent and snow geese he watches from the edge of fields.

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