Polly Pullar is a conservationist, naturalist, writer and photographer specialising in wildlife and countryside matters. She is also a wildlife rehabilitator. She contributes to numerous publications including The Scots Magazine, Scottish Field, and BBC Wildlife. Her books include Dancing with Ospreys, Rural Portraits: Scotland’s Native Farm Animals, Characters & Landscapes, A Drop in the Ocean: Lawrence MacEwen & the Island of Muck, Fauna Scotica: People & Animals in Scotland, A Richness of Martens, and A Scurry of Red Squirrels (2021). She lives on a small farm in Highland Perthshire, surrounded by an extensive menagerie.
She is co-founder and director of A Write Highland Hoolie – Mallaig Book Festival, and chairs events at other literary festivals. She is a trustee at Aigas Field Centre.
Polly is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books by Polly
The Horizontal Oak: A Life in Nature
Birlinn, July 2022
Nature has always been Polly Pullar’s mainstay. She was brought up on the Ardnamurchan peninsula where her parents ran a remote hotel. Their household menagerie included a pet sheep called Lulu who accompanied Polly to school, and Polly freely roamed the countryside, observing badgers, otters, owls, even wildcats, and, off the coastline, killer whales. But an otherwise idyllic childhood was marred by family secrets, and those secrets led in turn to tragedy. Her charming father, with his delusions of grandeur, was an alcoholic and, when Polly was seven, her flamboyant mother could put up with his behaviour no longer. Her parents divorced, her mother remarried, and Polly was sent away to boarding school where she was desperately homesick. Her father’s erratic visits to Polly at school were deeply unsettling. On leaving school, she tried to help her father run a hotel in Exmoor, but there she uncovered disturbing revelations about his personal life, and her own identity. It was her closeness to animals and nature which brought her back from the brink. She worked at a private zoo, and then, newly married, ran a fish farm. Raising a kestrel helped her through this dark time, her son was born and her own marriage collapsed. Polly gradually rebuilt her life as a single parent, earning a reputation as a wildlife expert, known as someone who would take injured animals – tawny owls, hedgehogs, red squirrels – to rehabilitate back into the wild. In the final pages of this remarkable memoir, she returns to Ardnamurchan, and reflects on how the love of nature, found in that magical place as a child, has shaped her life, given her the strength to forgive and understand her parents, and helped her find an equilibrium.