Curious Isles – A Life on Orkney

3 September 2012 // Birds //Curious Isles - A Life on Orkney

by Amy Liptrot Older Orcadians tend to refer to women, regardless of marital status, as ‘wives’ so, arriving at a farms to speak to farmers about the endangered birds on their land, I am announced with “the corncrake wife is here”. In my capacity as the Corncrake Wife, I have had to visit some of […]

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Curious Isles – A Life on Orkney

11 July 2012 // Curious Isles - A Life on Orkney

by Amy Liptrot 2am on Friday night and I’m alone down a farm track on a farflung island, dancing in my headlights, because I heard a medium-sized brown bird. For the last few weeks, I’ve been a night listener, searching the islands of Orkney trying to hear the endangered corncrake. The corncrake (latin name crex […]

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Curious Isles – A Life on Orkney

6 June 2012 // Curious Isles - A Life on Orkney

by Amy Liptrot. Around the north of Scotland lie uninhabited islands, abandoned in the mid-20th century when depopulation reached such strength that the last people could no longer cling on. Now on these lonely isles, left to the elements, empty houses fall into disrepair and farmland is reverting to moor. Orkney’s abandoned islands include Cava, […]

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Curious Isles – A Life on Orkney

23 May 2012 // Curious Isles - A Life on Orkney

A few months back, we opened an email from Amy Liptrot. She told us a bit about her life, now lived just beyond the edge of the mainland. She’d left London to return home to Orkney, where she’s trying to get the big city out of her system. We wanted to know more. Here, she […]

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Curious Isles – A Life on Orkney

10 May 2012 // Curious Isles - A Life on Orkney

A few months back, we opened an email from Amy Liptrot. She told us a bit about her life, now lived just beyond the edge of the mainland. She’d left London to return home to Orkney, where she’s trying to get the big city out of her system. We wanted to know more. Here, she […]

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