James Aldred – paperback book launch of Goshawk Summer

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New Forest Heritage Centre , High Street , Lyndhurst , SO43 7NY
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Start: 21st May, 2022 at 11:00am

End: 21st May, 2022 at 12:00pm

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Join us on Saturday 21st May as James Aldred, celebrated author of The Man Who Climbs Trees, launches the paperback version of his highly acclaimed book Goshawk Summer: The Diary of an Extraordinary Season in the Forest. 

In early 2020, wildlife cameraman James Aldred was commissioned to film the lives of a family of  goshawks in the New Forest, his childhood home. He began to plan a treetop hide in a remote site that would allow him to film the gos nest, the newly hatched chicks and the lives of these elusive and enchanting birds.

Then lockdown. And as the world retreated, something remarkable happened. The noise of our everyday stilled. No more cars, no more off-roaders, no more airplanes roaring in the skies, no one in the goshawk woods – except James.

At this unique moment, James was granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to keep filming. And so, over that spring and into summer, he began to write about his experiences in a place empty of people, but filled with birdsong and new life. Amidst the fragility and the fear, there was silver moonlight, tumbling fox cubs, calling curlew and, of course, the soaring goshawks.

‘Wildlife film-makers are renowned for their patience and concentration – qualities evident in Aldred’s entrancing, acutely observed, beautifully paced diary of the secretive raptor’s breeding season … Fascinating.’   BBC Wildlife


James Aldred is the celebrated author of The Man Who Climbs Trees and an Emmy Award winning documentary wildlife camera man and film-maker. He works with the likes of the BBC and National Geographic and has collaborated with Sir David Attenborough on numerous projects including ‘Life of Mammals’, ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Our Planet’.

He grew up in the New Forest and now lives in North Somerset.  A product of the BBC natural history unit in Bristol, he has been a wildlife cameraman since 1997 and has been nominated for BAFTA/RTS awards many times. He specializes in forest filming, especially at height within forest canopy, where he uses ropes and canopy platforms to film orangutans, chimps and birds of prey. He spent the national lockdown of Spring and Summer 2020 filming in the New Forest.


On Saturday 21st May, James will be launching the paperback version of Goshawk Summer: The Diary of an Extraordinary Season in the Forest at the New Forest Heritage Centre. He will be hosting a presentations in our gallery at 11am when he will give us a wonderful insight to his film-making and nature writing.

Tickets for the presentations cost £10 and include admission to the talk, a £5 voucher off the price of James’ book and a 20% discount in our café.  Please click here to buy tickets online.