Laurence Rose

Writer and Conservationist

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Doñana two, 20 and 30 years on

Two years ago in February, my first landfall in continental Europe was Doñana, Spain.

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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


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

Oliver Balch


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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North Cornwall Book Festival

A year ago, I was at the North Cornwall Book Festival from where a BBC Countryfile programme was being filmed.  The poet Chrissie Gittins was running a workshop for local schoolchildren, exploring the world of words and the words of nature, and I was being interviewed too. I had been campaigning against the decision by...

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The People’s Walk for Wildlife

We’ve known it for ages, but every three-year State of Nature report reminds us how impoverished our wildlife has become, and each new report paints a worsening picture.  Between 1970 and 2013 56% of UK species declined, and 15% are now threatened with extinction.   The UK is officially among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.  It...

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Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah

“Over there behind those trees is the most extensive area of scrap metal yards in Europe” said Steve Ely, poet

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Doñana two, 20 and 30 years on

Two years ago in February, my first landfall in continental Europe was Doñana, Spain.

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The Grey Mountains where eagles meet their doom

Another outrage in the Monadhliaths ​“They are ice-white in the morning sun; under the snow, even now, the budding heather is weaving for them a purple summer livery.  But their name means ‘grey mountains’ in Gaelic, and behind their staunch ramparts lie murky lands, where adventuring eagles meet their doom.”  The Long Spring p. 161 Creag na...

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