In Search of Sanctuary: Wildlife, My Teacher

Malcolm Coxall - Cornelio Books
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In the best tradition of storytelling, these timeless vignettes kick off a conversation, draw you in, and inspire follow-through on the important stories of today and tomorrow. Come travel through our natural world with a pilgrim from childhood, parenthood, and mellowing years, through landscapes of the mind as familiar to the author as the early city suburbs, mountains, and sea, where he was rooted and grew, to centre in on our place in today's world. As you read these reflections on Dublin and Ireland of the old century, you will also recognise your own place and time and wish to tell your story. Let your nature lead you in the telling, and your listeners carry forward ever more tales. A native of Dublin, Brendan Price is the founder of the Irish Seal Sanctuary. A marine biologist and wildlife advocate, the author was educated at University College Dublin. Brendan received a distinguished recommendation in the 2014 Hemingway Short Story Competition.
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Brendan Price, founder of the Irish Seal Sanctuary, B.Ag.Sc., EuroProBiol, offers a Wildlife Advocacy and Consultancy Service. Brendan is a marine biologist and lifelong wildlife activist. He now lives in a quiet country village outside Dublin called Garristown from where he continues his life's work in wildlife advocacy and the defence of Ireland's marine ecology. 

Wherever Wildlife and Human activity are to be found together there you'll find conflict. Brendan Price has been at the front line of such conflict, at home and abroad, for a lifetime and is in a unique Position to advise and assist responsible Individuals, communities, organisations and corporations in conflict facilitation and wildlife accommodation.

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Malcolm Coxall - Cornelio Books
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Published on
Aug 1, 2016
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Pages
110
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ISBN
9788494530524
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English
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Biography & Autobiography / General
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Science / Life Sciences / Marine Biology
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