About the book
Derek Ratcliffe was arguably the most outstanding field biologist and conservationist of the 20th century. This book explores the breadth, quality and legacy of Derek’s work and has many personal reminiscences. The 30 contributors provide fascinating insights to a remarkable person, and events and issues which have shaped wild nature as we see it today.
Beautifully illustrated, this is a deeply inspiring book. It will appeal to a wide readership, curious about what makes someone so special and united by an eagerness to see wildlife flourish.
..produced a book which will be of interest to those concerned with the natural history of the British Isles, but which also has relevance to a wider international audience.
The book is a substantial volume, and copiously illustrated; not only are there numerous photographs of high quality, but there are also paintings by two landscape artists, Will Williams, and David Bellamy, which capture the environments which for so many years inspired Derek’s life and work. The publishers are to be congratulated on producing a work of such high quality at such a relatively low price. It is a book to be dipped into and savoured.
Paul Adam BES Bulletin
I like books like this: reminiscences about the way that conservation science developed historically, how battles were won and lost, and most importantly the role that individuals played in the development of the science and practice of conservation. This book was written to celebrate the life and works of one of the great British conservationists, Dr Derek
Ratcliffe, a man who probably did more to set the British conservation scene than any other person. Derek was a polymath, mild eccentric, an expert naturalist, superb scientist and pioneer in the development of
conservation strategy. More than this, he inspired a generation of younger scientists and practitioners, many of whom have penned a chapter in this volume….. Go on and read this book for yourself, and see. It is truly inspirational and should be compulsory reading for first year ecology and conservation courses.
Robert Marrs Biological Conservation 191 2015
This book is well organised and richly illustrated throughout. The editors have done a fine job in drawing together the varied contributions from many different authors into a coherent whole. It will have wide appeal to anyone interested in nature conservation in Britain and is a fitting tribute to one of the most outstanding field biologists, conservationists and natural history writers of recent times.
Ian Carter British Birds 14 September 2015