The wildlife of the Atlantic edges is one of their biggest attractions. The coasts are home to a staggering proportion of Europe’s seabirds, while the searoads that were once widely used by people are now travelled by migrating or feeding cetaceans. One reason I chose Harper Collins as a publisher for this project is their long tradition of literary natural history in which the humanities and the sciences work together. The natural world is now more regularly finding a place in history writing too, although that’s in part because of the tragedy of its immense decline. These were the non-human creatures of the journey: