Wild Looe

Derek Spooner

Wild Looe cover imageWild Looe
exam­ines in intim­ate detail the nat­ural envir­on­ment of the small coastal town of Looe and its environs, west to Polp­erro and east to Seaton. It focuses on the glor­i­ous diversity found within this small area on the edge of the ocean, con­sid­er­ing four types of envir­on­ment: the rocky shore from Seaton to Polp­erro, includ­ing the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust’s nature reserve, Looe Island; the tidal estu­ary of the West and East Looe rivers (inland to Shal­low­pool and Sand­place); the ancient semi-​​natural wood­lands of the river val­leys – espe­cially Kilminorth Woods Local Nature Reserve, Trenant Woods and Seaton Val­ley Local Nature Reserve – and, finally, the fields and hedgerows of the coast path.

Within these envir­on­ments, the author looks at the gulls of Looe, includ­ing the Great Black-​​backed Gull ringing pro­ject on Looe Island; the grey seals of Looe Island; her­ons, egrets and king­fish­ers of the Looe rivers; wood­land flora and fauna, and but­ter­flies and moths. Finally, he dis­cusses how the envir­on­ment of Looe is pro­tec­ted, includ­ing the Local Nature Reserves, the Vol­un­tary Mar­ine Con­ser­va­tion Area (VMCA), and the Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­ural Beauty (AONB), with a link to the wider world of con­ser­va­tion through the Mur­rayton Mon­key Sanc­tu­ary – a beacon for conservation.

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Dr Derek Spooner has an MA and PhD in Geo­graphy from the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge, and was formerly the Head of the Depart­ment of Geo­graphy at the Uni­ver­sity of Hull. He is act­ively involved in nature con­ser­va­tion and wild­life record­ing, and was a founder mem­ber of the Friends of Kilminorth Woods in Looe. He is a volun­teer with the Looe Mar­ine Con­ser­va­tion Group, Corn­wall Wild­life Trust and the Looe Island seal sur­veys, and con­trib­utes reg­u­larly to bird sur­veys in south-​​east Corn­wall for the Brit­ish Trust for Orni­tho­logy. He is a mem­ber of the Corn­wall Mam­mal Group,  and is a mem­ber of the Corn­wall Mam­mal Group, the Corn­wall Bird Watch­ing and Pre­ser­va­tion Soci­ety, and Corn­wall But­ter­fly Conservation.

Wild Looe is pub­lished in our Pocket Corn­wall series.

  • Intro­duc­tion: A Walk on the Wild Side
    Abbre­vi­ations used in this book
    Map of the Looe and Polp­erro area
  • Sea and Rocky Shore
  • The Cliffs and the Coast Path
  • Estu­ary and River
  • The Val­ley Woodlands
  • The Rural Hin­ter­land: Farm, Field and Hedgerow
  • Post­script: A Wheatear on the Roof
  • Acknow­ledge­ments

ISBN: 9780906720943
1st edi­tion
88 pages
143 col­our pho­to­graphs, 1 map
150 x 153 mm

stun­ning new book shows Looe at its best…
’laden with enough facts to sat­isfy the curi­ous walker, and whet the appet­ite of more ser­i­ous spot­ters.
’Page after page of stun­ning col­our pho­to­graphs’ (Cornish Times, 11.07.14)

Author finds wild world just a step from town centre… “within a short dis­tance of home is an excit­ing diversity of hab­it­ats… ” Wild Looe is a cel­eb­ra­tion of that diversity.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 22.07.14. You can read the full review here.)

I would recom­mend this prac­tical little book for any­one who loves to dis­cover new things about nature’ (My Corn­wall, Vol. 2, issue 25, August/​September 2014)

To say that he [Derek Spooner] is au fait with his sub­ject is an under­state­ment; he could hardly be bet­ter qual­i­fied… He can also write, and to accom­pany him… is a delight… Derek Spooner is as inspir­ing as he is inform­at­ive. … Illus­trated with splen­did pho­to­graphs… Wild Looe… should be in the pocket of any­one who cares about nature con­ser­va­tion in Corn­wall.’ (The Cornish­man, 21.08.14)

enhanced by superb pho­to­graphs from a vari­ety of con­trib­ut­ors’ (Cornish and Devon Post, 04.09.14)

easy-​​to-​​read text and match­less images, this book fea­tures almost every aspect of nature in the area… could well be the gift to stim­u­late the embryonic interest of a young­ster, or a wel­come stock­ing filler for a ded­ic­ated nature lover. Either way, the recip­i­ent will not be dis­ap­poin­ted.’ (Old Corn­wall, vol. XIV, no. 11, Autumn 2014)

a beau­ti­fully observed and lyr­ic­ally writ­ten over­view of the wild­life and hab­it­ats of Looe and the sur­round­ing area… a highly enjoy­able, inform­at­ive read with abund­ant, stun­ningly beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs’ (Wild Corn­wall, Issue 125, Winter 2014)

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