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Read Ray Mears’ Foreword to ‘My Year with Hares’

Ray with the book's author, Martin Hayward Smith

Ray with the book’s author, Martin Hayward Smith

A new book has been released this autumn, chronicling the captivating lives of one of Britain’s most recognisable native species. My Year with Hares┬árecords one man’s amazing year-long obsession with this fascinating animal, from his addiction to finding and photographing them through the seasons, to rearing a rescued leveret.

The book’s author is one Martin Hayward Smith, a professional wildlife cameraman and photographer, who has travelled the world extensively for the BBC and Discovery, among many other companies. Ray and Martin first worked together during the filming for Ray’s Wild Britain series, and it was this chance meeting that ultimately led to Ray writing the foreword to Martin’s beautiful book.

Read on for Ray’s foreword in its entirety, along with a selection of Martin’s images, taken from My Year with Hares:

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If you want to see wildlife you need to dress warmly and in colours that blend in with your surroundings. Then go outdoors when others are indoors and sit perfectly still. Remain perfectly still even if it involves suffering. Continue reading

Wood Mouse Spotting

During the UK course season, our team of instructors often find themselves gaining a unique level of intimacy with their surroundings at our various course sites. A number of our team are also keen photographers, and occasionally this blend of interests pays off in spectacular ways:

The common wood mouse

The common wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)

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