Island Years Island Farm (Nature Classics Library) (Paperback) by Darling Frank Fraser
Unhappily land-locked in his early adult life Frank Fraser Darling's fortunes changed when he began visiting Scotland's west coast in the 1930s. Surviving treacherous boat journeys a broken leg and hell-bent storms he made temporary homes with his family on some of the remotest Hebridean islands so he could study the habits of grey seals and seabirds. The family finally settled on an abandoned croft in the Summer Isles on Tanera Mor and started farming the barren land. They repaired a ruined herring fishery and its stone quay. They fertilised the ground with seaweed cut peat for the fires planted a garden behind sheltered walls. Slowly they brought life back to the island. Little Toller republishes classic books about nature and rural life.