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Rathlin is Northern Ireland's only permanently inhabited offshore island, sitting like a stepping stone in the narrow and turbulent Sea of Moyle between Ireland and Scotland, straddling cultures, habitats and peoples. It is a busy, vibrant and beautiful place with a resident population of around 100 islanders who look to the future with confidence but can also hark back to a past of massacres, famine and emigration.

Peopled for about 7000 years, the island's rich natural resources on land and in the sea supported a population that rose as high as 1200 souls in the 1780s. Today, Rathlin's landscape and nature and the islanders' stories reveal rocks and wildlife with global connections and a culture linked to Ireland, Scotland and the natural world.

This is the first combined guide to Rathlin's natural and social histories. The book includes a map of the island and suggested walks. There are two sections of stunning colour photography.

Ecologist and writer Philip Watson has been going to Rathlin for fifty years, spending lengthy periods there studying birds and sea fisheries, engaging in wildlife and conservation projects and collecting folklore. In this lively and personal guide to the island, the author combines nature writing, memoir and a trawl of tales to share his enthusiasm for this unique island.

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Cordee Code: CTA823
No of Pages: 240
Page Size: 129 x 198 mm
ISBN 10: 0954877985
ISBN 13: 9780954877989
Publisher: Stone Country Press Ltd
Published Date: June 2011
Edition: 1 ed , Jun-2011
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: Full colour photos plus map
Weight: 300g

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