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Clare Island

by  John Feehan
€ 40.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

September 2019

PB

Number of pages: 320

ISBN: 9781911479130

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“Few places on Earth, and none elsewhere in Ireland, have yielded such a concentrated inventory of knowledge about the natural world.” Michael Viney

One hundred years ago, Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger led a survey of the natural history and cultural heritage of Clare Island at a level of detail greater than any area of comparable size at that time. Almost a century later, the Royal Irish Academy set about repeating the exercise with the intention of assessing and evaluating change on the island over the intervening years. 

In this book John Feehan distils the results of the two great surveys with elegance and enthusiasm to shine a spotlight on the richness of life surviving on Clare Island. In easy, affectionate prose Feehan interweaves the natural and cultural heritage of the island and shares his wider ecological knowledge to help us understand the role each species plays in the life of this remarkable place.

 

About the authors

John Feehan

John Feehan was for over twenty years a senior lecturer in UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science, from which he has recently retired. He is well known for his award-winning television work on the natural and cultural heritage of the Irish landscape. His many books include the definitive textbook on Ireland's peatlands, the widely acclaimed Farming in Ireland: History, Heritage and Environment, The Wildflowers of Offaly as well as several books on the geology, environmental heritage and history of the Midlands. He has been described by Michael Viney as ‘one of Ireland’s top ecologists and communicators of nature’.