Aldred, James

When lockdown happened, wildlife cameraman James Aldred had the unique experience of being alone in the New Forest with a family of wild Goshawks. No cars, no off-roaders, no aeroplanes roaring in the skies, no one in the Goshawk woods – except James.

‘The wood holds its breath, the only sound the begging of the chicks. The forest hasn’t been this peaceful for a thousand years.’

And so, over spring and into summer, he began to record his experiences in a place empty of people but filled with birdsong and new life.

Amidst the fragility and the fear, there was silver moonlight, tumbling fox cubs, calling curlew and, of course, the soaring Goshawks – shining like fire through one of our darkest times. A Goshawk summer unlike any other.

About the Author:  James Aldred is the celebrated author of The Man Who Climbs Trees  and an Emmy Award winning documentary wildlife camera man and film-maker. He works with TV and production companies around the world including the BBC and National Geographic. He has collaborated with Sir David Attenborough on numerous projects including ‘Life of Mammals’, ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Our Planet’ and been nominated for BAFTA/RTS awards many times. He was lucky to spend the national lockdown of Spring and Summer 2020 filming in the New Forest.

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Elliott & Thompson, September 2022.  240 pages, paperback.