Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary

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Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements—geographic, atmospheric and environmental—which bring diverse life forms to live in close proximity in cities. Using the circumstances of her own life, house, garden and city, she writes of the animals who live among us: the birds—gulls, starlings, pigeons, sparrows and others—the rats and squirrels, the cetaceans, the spiders and the insects.

In beautiful, absorbing prose, Woolfson describes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year, which begins with the exceptional cold and snow of 2010. Influenced by her own long experience of corvids, she considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural world, urban and non-urban wildlife, the values we place on the lives of individual species and the ways in which man and creature live together in cities.

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Esther Woolfson was brought up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University. She is the author of Corvus: A Life with Birds, which is also published by Counterpoint. She has won prizes for her nature writing and received a Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant and a Writer's Bursary.

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Scottish naturalist and bird rescuer Woolfson sees her hometown of Aberdeen, on the coast of the North Sea, as much more than a community of people living in houses. On her daily walks, she notices an abundance of wildlife, not only in gardens and parks but also around old quarries and abandoned lots. Despite long winters and short summers, opportunistic species thrive across the city. Although many of Woolfson’s neighbors consider pigeons, rats, spiders, squirrels, and gulls as pests, she regards them as admirable survivors that contribute to the health of the local environment. In brief diary notes and longer essays, including verses from favorite poems, she defends unpopular urban animals as victims of eradication campaigns often based on bad science and false accusations. Always tolerant and respectful, Woolfson offers both philosophical and scientific arguments for the conservation of all city life. She also updates stories from her previous book Corvus: A Life with Birds. --Rick Roche

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