The Corncrake by Frank Rennie


The Corncrake book

This book – The Corncrake – An Ecology of an Enigma by Frank Rennie has come to the top of my ‘to read’ book pile.

I wanted to know more about this bird, having sculpted a pair of Corncrakes, and how lucky I am that Whittles Publishing launched The Corncrake this year.  Frank Rennie is Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands, based in the Outer Hebrides.  I would love to go there and meet him – first I’m learning from his comprehensively researched account.

What a beautiful cover!  The stunning image on the front, and wrapping round the back is by Alice Macmillan from one of her lino-cut prints.

Corncrake numbers are in decline and we’re in danger of losing this bird all-together – now as I see the huge tractors and machinery cutting the meadows all around, I wonder about my wish to see them here in North Yorkshire and whether it will be possible.

I’m reading your words Frank Rennie, so I can do something to help.

My sculpture Corncrake in the Meadow how lovely it would be if it was a real bird.  I’m imagining it.



Corncrake II




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