We're very proud to to announce that Saraband will shortly be publishing the new book by Jim Crumley, one of the country’s most renowned nature writers. The Eagle's Way, published on 13 March, sees Jim Crumley soaring to new heights with beautifully descriptive prose that is the product of his many years of observing golden eagles and his fascination for their evolving interaction with sea eagles. The result is an intimate portrait of these spectacular birds.
In The Eagle's Way - which also features stunning photographs by Laurie Campbell - Jim asserts that sea eagles are, perhaps surprisingly, now present in central and Highland areas of Scotland – away from their coastal strongholds. He argues this is compelling evidence that they ‘remember’ the Scottish landscape, even though they were originally wiped out in the early 20th century.
Sea eagles were reintroduced to Scotland’s west coast in 1975 and, since then, the magnificent bird of prey has flourished. A further reintroduction programme saw sea eagles arrive on the east coast’s Tay estuary in recent years. Their increasing presence from coast to coast is a huge consideration for all nature, for golden eagles in particular, and even for people, some of whom have already had to adapt to a new definition of the word 'eagle'.
Jim says, ‘There’s a wedge of land 130 miles long and a few miles wide between Dundee and the Isle of Mull that is being adopted by eagles as a kind of thoroughfare between strongholds. The east coast birds seem to be aware of the Mull population despite never having been there before. The perplexing question is: how do they know?
‘I think they find each other because it is in the nature of sea eagles. The fact that there was no sustained sea eagle presence in Scotland between 1918 and 1975 does not wipe from the bird’s consciousness every sliver of awareness of thousands of years of occupation of this landscape, of the highways and flyways between Highland and Lowland Scotland.’
Combining passion, a lyrical writing style and the Jim’s 25 years of living, breathing and writing the landscape, The Eagle’s Way explores the controversies surrounding these birds. What now for the eagles? And how will they transform our skies?