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Front cover of ‘A Wealth of Wildlife’A Wealth of Wildlife (Thirsty Books 2015) – £9.99

A Wealth of Wildlife

Alan Stewart’s account of a year walking a Highland Perthshire farming and shooting estate demonstrates that a vast range of wildlife can thrive where conservation is embraced within land management. The book is a culmination of a lifetime’s knowledge of wildlife, the author guiding the reader into the secret lives of the birds and animals in his native Perthshire. His country lore allows him to watch a hunting goshawk and a sleepy tawny owl after being alerted to their presence by other birds; you can almost hear the songs of birds such as mistle thrush, lapwing and common sandpiper. There are vivid narratives of encounters with less commonly seen birds such as the white-tailed eagle, snow goose, crossbill, green woodpecker and garden warbler. The author has close assignations with mammals such as fallow deer and red squirrels and follows the fascinating trail of a hunting fox in the snow.

Praise for Alan Stewart:

‘The author is ever alert, taking time to note the beauty of his surrounding, the birds and birdsong.’—Scots Magazine

‘Narrated in a charming informal style – a pleasure to read.’—Scottish Association for Country Sports Journal

‘Confidently written, conversational, highly educational – quite an inspiration.’—BirdGuides

‘Britain’s foremost wildlife detective.’—Scottish Field

Signed copies available from the author at wildlifedetective@gmail.com

or copies from Thirsty Books at http://www.thirstybooks.com/

 

Wildlife and the Law (Argyll 2012) – £9.99

Wildlife and the Law

In Scotland we have a plethora of legislation protecting a diverse range of animals and plants plus habitats of special interest. Some of the legislation is very old and much of it is very complex. Wildlife & the Law spells out chapter and verse in an easy-to-follow text and numerous colour photographs.

As well as wildlife law, it includes separate chapters on cruelty to domestic and captive animals, a brief chapter on offences relating to dogs, and one on offences committed against Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The book, in essence a field guide, is designed in part to help prevent wildlife offences being committed, though where prevention has failed the well-indexed contents should help the reader recognise the offence and respond.

It will be an asset to a range of people:

• Police officers, and the staff of other organisations who have some responsibility in the investigation of wildlife crime;

• Countryside rangers, foresters, badger groups, bat groups and others with a professional interest in wildlife issues;

• Landowners, gamekeepers, farmers and pest controllers, who might use traps and snares or control ‘pest’ species in the course of their work;

• Hill walkers, and others who take advantage of the countryside for recreation;

• Property owners, developers or even householders who might have concerns with nesting birds or bat roosts.

“. . . the author deploys his great breadth and depth of specialist knowledge.”

Des Thompson

Scottish Natural Heritage

/////Signed copies can be obtained from://///

Alan Stewart –

wildlifedetective@gmail.com

or 01738 840769, or

Sean Bradley –

thirstybooks@hotmail.com

or 07598 323440

 

A Lone Furrow (Argyll 2011) – £9.99

A Lone Furrow

–       more investigations into wildlife crime from the author of Wildlife Detective

 

Following on from Wildlife Detective, A Lone Furrow continues to reveal the specialisation required in obtaining a conviction in crime committed against birds and animals that cannot give evidence on their own behalf. The detailed police investigations show the meticulous work that police wildlife crime officers carry out to try to prepare a case for prosecution, the range of organisations that they can call on to assist, the successes, and of course the frustrations. The author is in no doubt that some of these crimes are the most challenging in over 45 years of policing, but the investigations are thoroughly explained in a manner which is often humorous and sometimes even self-deprecating.

Amusing and amazing anecdotes from the author’s early police career are merged with wildlife cases and illustrate the breadth of experience required of a police officer.

With suspects ranging right across the social spectrum, public expectations often unrealistic and victims ranging from salmon to seals; guinea pigs to golden eagles; hedgehogs to hares; pearl mussels to peregrines, this book is a unique insight into the enforcement of wildlife law.

/////Signed copies available from the author at wildlifedetective@gmail.com ///

 

The Thin Green Line (Argyll 2009) – £11.99

The Thin Green Line

Wildlife Crime Investigations in Britain and Ireland today

 

 

“Alan Stewart is the foremost wildlife detectives in the country.”

Sporting Rifle Magazine

 

 

From the author of the bestselling Wildlife Detective a unique book which presents a wide-ranging survey of the scale of wildlife crime in Great Britain and Ireland today – and how the forces of law and order attempt to combat it.  With the help of his colleagues in various forces, Alan Stewart, the foremost wildlife detective in these islands, presents fascinating case studies from all corners of Britain and Ireland, and also recounts how the effects of international crime manifests itself on these shores; crimes against wildlife of all kinds, from water voles to elephants, from rare bulbs to Indian tigers.

Here’s a sample:

  • North Wales: the illegal commercial trade in wild bluebells
  • Grampian: releasing non-native crayfish
  • Leicestershire: butterflies, badgers and bats, and a county council is charged
  • London: the illegal trade in endangered species on the streets of England’s capital
  • East Anglia: a wealthy landowner and a retired magistrate involved in egg collecting – surely some mistake?
  • South Wales: A sturgeon offered for sale; call in the police or perhaps Her Majesty the Queen?
  • Fife: A major dog fighting ring is broken in a quiet Scottish backwater
  • Ireland: incredible cruelty to greyhounds at the end of their racing career
  • Northern Ireland: A chough shooter not too chuffed after conviction
  • Lincolnshire: The profit – and the unsavoury characters – involved in the illegal tortoise trade
  • Merseyside: three men called Dave are convicted of badger digging
  • Strathclyde: a remarkable rescue of a badger from death by slurry

Told with his customary wit and in his own earthy style, Alan Stewart continues his quest to tell tales and expose the vicious criminals that threaten our natural heritage.

/////Signed copies available from the author at wildlifedetective@gmail.com ///

 

 

 

Wildlife Detective (Argyll 2007) – £9.99

Wildlife Detective

Wildlife Detective is an insightful and humorous account of over 40 years policing crime committed against various forms of wildlife, from deer and salmon poaching to the poisoning of rare birds, egg collecting, cruelty, the taking of freshwater pearl mussels and much more.  Many of the accounts are the stuff of folklore.

There is a serious side to the book, which highlights inadequacies of earlier legislation and consequent failures of cases which in the early part of the 21st century resulted in improved legislation.  How evidence is obtained isexplained in a logical yet light way, interspersed with hilariously funny accounts of criminals outfoxed, cops wild with frustration and the community’s appreciation of their environment and its wildlife.

/////Signed copies available from the author at wildlifedetective@gmail.com ///

 

Praise for Wildlife Detective (Argyll 2007)

Wildlife Detective paints a vivid picture of the life and work of one of Scotland’s best known crimefighters … Stewart brings cases from the pages of his notebooks to life with warmth and humour.

The Scotsman

Transvestite hillwalkers do not often feature in wildlife crime investigations but this one did help enliven what can be a tense and complicated job for a dedicated band of professionals.

The Daily Mail

Alan Stewart has been a key figure in the fight against wildlife crime in Scotland … I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

Shooting and Conservation Magazine (BASC)

 

The book’s tone is straightforward and methodical, as if torn from the pages of his police notebook … there are numerous scenes of comedy stemming from criminal incompetence.  There are also staggering accounts of animal cruelty.

Sunday Herald

Within a couple of chapters I was hooked … Narrated in a charming informal style … some wonderful direct quotes from the wrongdoers and even some of the cops, which had me laughing helplessly.

Scottish Association for Country Sports Journal

40 years sleuthing have done nothing to dampen his enthusiasm… The author is ever alert, taking time to note the beauty of his surrounding, the birds and birdsong. The book has humour, larger-than-life characters …..his writing rings with the sincerity of his concern.

Scots Magazine

Not quite John Buchan, but close … the sheer variety of wildlife crime as witnessed by Stewart is astonishing.

The Herald

 

 

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