Polly Pullar has had a passion for red squirrels since childhood. As a wildlife rehabilitator, she knows the squirrel on a profoundly personal level and has hand-reared numerous litters of orphan kits, eventually returning them to the wild.
In this book she shares her experiences and love for the squirrel and explores how our perceptions have changed. Heavily persecuted until the 1960s, it has since become one of the nation’s most adored mammals. But we are now racing against time to ensure its long-term survival in an ever-changing world.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Polly’s Perthshire farm, where she works continuously to encourage wildlife great and small, she highlights how nature can, and indeed will, recover if only we give it a chance. In just two decades, her efforts have brought spectacular results, and numerous squirrels and other animals visit her wild farm every day.
Polly Pullar has worked with animals all her life, as a sheep farmer, wildlife guide, field naturalist, photojournalist and wildlife rehabilitator. She writes and illustrates articles for numerous magazines including the Scots Magazine, Scottish Farmer, Tractor and People's Friend and is currently the wildlife writer for the Scottish Field. She has written a number of books including Dancing with Ospreys, Rural Portraits - Scotland's Native Farm Animals and Characters, and is co-author of the acclaimed Fauna Scotica: People and Animals in Scotland. She lives in Highland Perthshire.
Described by the Guardian as ‘arguably the most versatile and inventive vet in the world’ , Romain Pizzi has operated on a vast range of animals, from giraffes, penguins and pigeons to tarantulas, tigers and sharks. In addition to his work at the Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre, he is Director of Wildlife Surgery International and has appeared on a number of TV documentaries, including Vet on the Loose and Big Animal Surgery.
A Scurry of Squirrels is a delight. Part history, part natural history, and part memoir, and written in Polly Pullar's compelling and always readable style, it will appeal to anyone captivated by one of Britain's favourite wild creatures'
~Stephen Moss, author and naturalist
Naturalist Polly Pullar has written a charming account of her adventures with Tufty-eared friends in A Scurry of Squirrels: Nurturing the Wild'
In A Scurry of Squirrels, Pullar shares her experiences and love for the red squirrel, and, with reference to history and natural history, explores how our perceptions of the animals have changed. The book highlights how nature can, and indeed will, recover if we give it a chance'
Polly Pullar brings her lifetime's experience of Scottish nature into this compelling account set around the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wild animals at her Perthshire home…. It's a very personal tale of paradise lost and hope that it can be regained'
~Sheena Harvey, BBC Countryfile
Truly fascinating…accompanied by personal photographs and anecdotes, this book is. A good read for any wilderness enthusiasts or strong believers in the preservation of native animals'
A charming, engrossing story of the many creatures Pullar has fostered over the years. It's a treat for animal lovers and a tribute to the healing power of nature'
~Alastair Mabbott, The Herald
This engaging book also reminds us that our life’s troubles are seen in clearer perspective when viewed in the context of the part we play in the living world'
~Green Christian Magazine
It’s the storytelling that really sings here... the squirrels in particular will capture your heart'
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