"Galloway, an ancient town in an obscure corner of Scotland, has a proud and unique heritage based on hardy cattle and wide moors. But as the twentieth century progressed, the people of Galloway deserted the land and the moors have been transformed into commercial forest. Desperate to connect with his native land, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Galloway cattle, he begins to discover how cows once shaped people, places and nature in this remote and half-hidden place. This traditional breed requires different methods of care from modern farming on an industrial, totally unnatural scale. As the cattle begin to dictate the pattern of his life, Patrick stumbles upon the passing of an ancient rural heritage. The new forests have driven the catastrophic decline of the much-loved curlew, a bird which features strongly in Galloway's consciousness. The links between people, cattle and wild birds become a central theme as Patrick begins to face the reality of life in a vanishing landscape. Exploring the delicate balance between farming and conservation while recounting an extraordinarily powerful personal story, Galloway delves into the relationship between people and places under pressure in the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.
Cattle breeders -- Scotland -- Biography.
Commercial forests -- Environmental aspects -- Scotland -- Galloway.
Curlews -- Conservation -- Scotland -- Galloway.
Farm life -- Scotland -- Galloway.
Galloway (Scotland) -- Environmental conditions.
Galloway (Scotland) -- Rural conditions.
Galloway cattle -- Breeding -- Scotland -- Galloway.
Traditional farming -- Scotland -- Galloway.
Offerman, Nick, 1970- writer of introduction.