Laurence Rose

Writer and Conservationist

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Letters from Gilbert: 1

Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne takes the form of 110 letters, 66 of which were addressed to Daines Barrington of London, and 44 to Thomas Pennant of Flintshire.  The correspondence with his fellow naturalists was essentially genuine, but as White compiled them years later for publication as a book, he made numerous changes...

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About Laurence

Laurence Rose is a writer, conservationist and composer. He has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds since 1983, and since 2017 has helped run a £7 million species recovery project, Back from the Brink. His recent book The Long Spring was published by Bloomsbury in March 2018.

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The Long Spring

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Rose is excellent on the science that underpins our understanding of migration, but if he is an environmentalist by profession he is a musician by vocation. His ear for the sounds of birds is exceptional, while his ability to render their spring songs in precise language is among the foremost pleasures of the book.

Mark Cocker

Author and conservationist

No book has made me want to sprout wings and fly quite like Laurence Rose’s modern classic as it chronicles nature’s progress from winter slumber to verdant awakening in language so beautiful it sings.

Stuart Winter

Journalist

As a detailed primer to the world above our heads, The Long Spring makes for an inspiring, eye-opening read.

Oliver Balch

Reviewer

Current projects

I am currently writing and researching a new book, planning a research visit to India and working on various collaborations with other artists who are inspired by nature.

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Letters from Gilbert: 1

Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne takes the form of 110 letters, 66 of which were addressed to Daines Barrington of London, and 44 to Thomas Pennant of Flintshire.  The correspondence with his fellow naturalists was essentially genuine, but as White compiled them years later for publication as a book, he made numerous changes...

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Gilbert White 2020

It is Gilbert White's tercentenary year in 2020.

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Oktoberfeste

I'm looking forward to speaking at three very different festivals coming up in October.

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New talks added

My talks page has been updated with details of events scheduled for this autumn and winter, and into spring next year.

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Sounds wonderful

From an insect whose courtship song suffuses the heathland soundscape, to a bird which has inspired more classical and romantic writing than any other, June looks like being a song-filled month.

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Dream of the Field Cricket

For an insect that spends almost all of its time underground, the field cricket has an elusive charisma, on account of its evocative 'song'. A unique event will celebrate this miniature sound-maker.

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