My Year With Hares
by Martin Hayward Smith
Extent: 144 pages | Size: 240×280 mm | Illustrations: over 160
Binding: Hard-back | Price: £27.75 | ISBN: 978-0-9930293-0-1
Martin Hayward Smith is a professional wildlife cameraman and photographer; he has travelled extensively working for the BBC, Discovery and many other companies.
Martin was commissioned to make a film about hares; during the making of this program he gained footage of behaviour never before seen. With unlimited access from a number of private locations by North Norfolk landowners, Martin worked on prime UK hare habitat, from Holkham, The Barshams to Burnham Market – an area that covers thousands of acres.
The book takes the form of diary entries, which are split into seasonal chapters. As well as hares, Martin documents through text and photographs other wildlife encountered while out in the field – including many farmland birds, foxes, deer etc.
Martin’s text includes humorous incidents (getting stuck in a snowdrift and being dug out by the gamekeeper) and some interesting hare facts (females often try to castrate males during their boxing bouts!).
The book includes:
- A foreword by Ray Mears
- Beautiful photographs of hares and landscape
- Unique insights into the life cycle of hares
- An honest appraisal of the state of UK hares
- Wonderful images and stories about Martin’s ‘hare in house’
- A timely book to fill the massive demand for our fascination with
this mysterious mammal