A fictionalised account of real events.
Shortly after the Second World War ornithologists noticed that the little ringed plover - a rare bird new to England - was attempting to establish itself as a permanent breeder. Curiously enough, these pioneer birds chose to colonise a particularly messy stretch of land on the outskirts of London, thus making things difficult both for themselves and for those attempting to protect them from the depredations of man and animal.
Kenneth Allsop, an actual observer at the time, has recounted this story in a fictionalised form. Chief among those involved in the little plover's battle for survival is Richard Locke, a convalescent R.A.F. pilot determined to outwit an egg thief. Scrupulously accurate in detail, compassionate without being sentimental, this novel captures the intensity of wildlife drama.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 1972 fro 1949 Copyright
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