The Long Spring

Laurence Rose explains why he wrote The Long Spring:  "I spent the spring of 2016 examining the joints between nature, culture and conservation, and the vital sense of place that cements them together, and that crumbles when they crumble. Towards the end of my book I conclude: Public policy lacks any sense of place, and has helped fuel people’s detachment from place. It gives built-in advantage to the would-be destroyers of places they have never walked in, listened to, been rained on in, written poems about.” North Cornwall Book Festival, 7 October 2018

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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


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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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