A Richness of Martens: Wildlife Tales from Ardnamurchan by Polly Pullar (Birlinn)
When Les and Chris Humphreys moved to Ardnamurchan 15 years ago, little did they realise they would be sharing their retirement with some of Britain’s most elusive and misunderstood mustelids. Amongst all the animals and birds that visit their garden, they have formed a special bond with numerous pine martens and have studied them and a cast of other creatures at close range through direct observation and via sensor-operated cameras.
Naturalist and photographer Polly Pullar has known the Humphreys and their pine martens for many years. In this anecdotal, amusing and informative book she weaves together natural history with her own deeply moving personal experiences to reveal much about the wildlife of one of Scotland’s richest habitats, the oakwoods of the Atlantic seaboard. Together with evidence from the Humphreys’ intimate observations, the result is a unique picture of a rare mammal with an almost limitless appetite for mischief, as well as a passionate portrait of Ardnamurchan, the UK’s most westerly mainland peninsula.