Island Years

Island Years None

  • Title: Island Years
  • Author: Frank Fraser Darling
  • ISBN: 9780330234672
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Frank Fraser Darling

    Sir Frank Fraser Darling FRSE LLD born Frank Darling was an English ecologist, ornithologist, farmer, conservationist and author, who is strongly associated with the highlands and islands of Scotland.While working as a Clean Milk Advisor in Buckinghamshire, and longing for a research post in Scotland, Fraser Darling heard about the work of the Institute of Animal Genetics at Edinburgh University, and in the early 1930s the Director, Francis Albert Eley Crew, offered him a place there to study for a PhD From 1929 1930 he was Director of the Commonwealth Bureau of Animal Breeding and Genetics, part of the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, at Edinburgh In 1934 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.Living at Dundonnell and later in the Summer Isles, Fraser Darling began the work that was to mark him as a naturalist philosopher of original turn of mind and great intellectual drive He described the social and breeding behaviour of the red deer, gulls, and the grey seal respectively, in the three academic works A Herd of Red Deer, Bird Flocks and the Breeding Cycle and A Naturalist on Rona.In 1944, the wartime Secretary of State for Scotland, Thomas Johnston, appointed Fraser Darling as Director of the West Highland Survey, tasked with gathering facts to inform future land use and management in the Highlands and Islands His report, West Highland Survey An Essay in Human Ecology, was finally published in 1955.

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    • Kathryn said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:44 AM

      There are few people who would enjoy this book as much as I did. And even I found it a slow read. Darling talks about his months living on a couple of remote Scottish islands with his wife and young son, back in the 1930s. Not a lot of excitement, but an immense appreciation for nature.

    • Ian said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 08:44 AM

      This book is clearly a minority interest, evidenced by the fact I am only the second person to review it on . I read the book after being passed a copy by a family member who recommended it. In the 1930s, author Frank Fraser Darling, an English biologist and "back to nature" type, moved as a thirty-something to live with his wife and son in Dundonell, in the North West Highlands of Scotland, an area I know reasonably well. Subsequently he spent several years living with his family on several uni [...]

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