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The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare

Andy Howard

The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare by Andy Howard

Winner of the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book, 2018

Among the most captivating of creatures, the mountain hare has inhabited Britain’s upland landscape since the last major ice age. Andy Howard fell in love with these shy, charming creatures at first sight. Here he introduces them both as a species precious within the great wheel of the seasons, and as individuals with their own, delightful personalities.

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RRP: £14.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781913207267
Publication Date: 21/05/2020

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Andy Howard
Andy Howard is a leading wildlife photographer located in the Scottish Highlands. His principal subjects are mountain hares, otters, red squirrels, and the birds of the Cairngorms. Andy contributes to...


‘Andy Howard is a stunning wildlife photographer, a man at the very peak of his profession.’

Iolo Williams

‘A book that captures beautifully the character and charm of this enchanting British species.’

Kate Humble


Ben Hoare, BBC Countryfile Magazine

‘Andy Howard’s vivid images brilliantly capture this elusive animal, which has been hopping about on the British Isles for 10,000 years, in all its long-eared, wiggly- nosed fabulousness.’

The Daily Mail

‘A passport to an austerely beautiful world. Gorgeous...’

BBC Wildlife Magazine

‘Captures the beauty and charm of these elusive creatures in a series of stunning images.’

The Countryman

‘With its engaging text and lavish photos, this beautiful book is the next best thing to enjoying a day on the hill with Andy and his hares.’


‘A stunning photographic book that follows the hares of the Cairngorms through the seasons.’

West Coast Review

‘A truly remarkable achievement... It is the end result, the balance of pictures and text, that make this book stand out as something quite exceptional.’

Undiscovered Scotland

‘A book that is both gorgeous to look at, and sheds light on one of our more mysterious animals.’


‘The author, a wildlife photographer, says that mountain hares became an 'engulfing passion' and it shows in his wonderful pictures. Every aspect of hares lives is shown and described. Lovely!’

Chris Townsend

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