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"In Spains Secret Wilderness" by Mike Tomkies (Jonathon Cape 1989)

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« on: October 05, 2007, 00:13 AM »
I have owned this book for quite a few years now and I love nosing through it.   It provides a very good snap shot of Wild Spain at a particular point in time by  a scottish naturalist who has lived in the wilds of Scotland. It  covers the wilds of north to south  and west to east. Excellent appendix written before the fall of the Berlin Wall which is a good starting point for many of the issues we discuss on the forum still with such immediacy ie what happened in the Picos to cause such a decline among the bear population. Agree with him or not  it is a damn good read, excellent pictures, and written from experience.

I hope he forgives me using the cover photo but it is all in a good cause , as he knows so intimately.
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007, 00:35 AM »
Dear SueMac,

I read the book and still have it and it was one of my ways in to Spanish wildlife along with an article about Spanish bears in the BBC Wildlife magazine, wriiten by an English woman studying them in the late 80's...........

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 08:31 AM »
I'm going to dig our copy out and re-read it!
steveT - don't suppose you've still got the article/magazine?
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007, 09:04 AM »
By the way, it's Mike Tomkies with an "e"....and he's certainly got a lot to answer for in our house  :biggrin:
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2007, 10:36 AM »
Hi Lisa, It's upstairs in the room we stayed in.. I read some of it and almost nicked it thinking you'd never notice.... :)

I corrected the name spelling in the original post in this topic.

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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 21:29 PM »
Lisa,

Sorry no. The basics I remember. The woman took 1 month to get first sighting. Traps were a problem, with reports of a 3 legged bear. The outlook was bleak then. It actually got worse before, what can only be described as success story in the making happened.........I know we are not there yet........but it looked like the end.........try the BBC Wildlife  Mag they might have the article archived.

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2007, 21:52 PM »


Just remembered.......the following year I went to Cantabria and Asturias, on my first bear search....the bad news went on. In a paper there was an article about a bear, named El Rubio, which was shot by a hunter in the Province of Palencia........my Spanish was poor in those days, but I think that that was the last southerly bear in the province........but I think it was important in galvanising public opinion towards the plight of Spanish bears........the exact details here may not be correct..........but the shooting of El Rubio did make big news.

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 08:52 AM »
Found it Clive!

Thanks steveT. Silly me  :lighttbulb: It was probably my friend Teresa. There's an article list on iberianwildlife, possibly the one dated 1989? titled "The Littlest Grizzly". Will have words with her  >:D
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 22:39 PM »
Lisa,

Yes that was the name of the article! Wow that was 18 years ago!

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