Dream Island by R.M. Lockley
“The concept of ‘following your dream’ seems like a very modern concoction, but here we have an example of it in the first half of the twentieth century . . . And, for a few brief years between the wars, the dream blossomed.” Amy Liptrot
In 1927, R. M. Lockley became the custodian of Skokholm and its derelict farmhouse, where he spent twelve years with his wife and daughter, building his utopia from the bounty of the sea, recording and studying migratory birds, working the land, living out his dream until it was shattered by the outbreak of the Second World War. Dream Island is an inspiring journey of how R.M. Lockley, a naturalist of international renown, discovered his love of nature and the freedom and struggle of living a self-sufficient life.
Paperback | 216 x 156mm| 176 pages
Cover artwork by Thomas Henry Thomas
With photographs from the R. M. Lockley family archive
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R. M. Lockley was born in Whitchurch, a Cardiff suburb, where his childhood was spent in the woods and wetlands around the old Glamorganshire Canal. After leaving school he started poultry farming, but gave this up in 1927 when he took on a twenty-one-year lease of Skokholm. Once settled with his family on the island, he began a pioneering study of migratory seabirds, notably the shearwaters and storm petrels, and established the first bird observatory in Britain. Returning to farming on the mainland when Skokholm was acquired by the military in 1940, he continued to be an active naturalist and conservationist, playing a leading role in establishing the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
|Dimensions||216 × 156 × 15 mm|